I literally cannot remember when I was first introduced to Freemasonry. It has been a part of my life ever since I was a child. I used to spend countless hours with my Dad helping him learn his words and I’d occasionally come along and sit outside the lodge room on rehearsal nights while the meeting was underway. Not to mention the hundreds of charity fundraising events I’d go to as a child, race nights, quiz nights, Christmas dinners etc. So it’s safe to say it’s always been something I’ve been aware of.
However if I could go back in time and tell myself I’d be a Freemason by the time I’m 19 I wouldn’t have believed it. Growing up it seemed like something I’d never want to be into. In my mind it was just a group of men meeting regularly to have a beer, talk about stuff and bang on some doors. You never really know the true significance of the traditions and rituals until you are actually there and part of it. So to me, back then it just seemed sad and quite stupid, until I was initiated in December and I was so wrong.
My reasons for joining Freemasonry were the fact that Masonry has been in my family for generations and, due to my grandfather’s deteriorating health, it was best if I was initiated sooner rather than later. I thought I needed something different in my life, as I’ve been in education for a majority of it and never had much variation. My Dad seemed to get so much joy and take so much pride in his Masonic career that I thought now I had matured a bit it might be something I too, would enjoy. So I got my dispensation from Grand Lodge and waited a few months for my turn to be initiated. It meant that, once initiated, there would be three generations in one lodge. This is something I’ve been told doesn’t happen very often and is very rare to see.
I will never forget the night of my initiation, it was one of the best evenings I have ever had. My father, grandfather, godfather and uncle were all involved in the ceremony and I was told they played their parts to the highest standard and created a very emotional evening for everyone involved. I am so grateful to my father and grandfather and everyone else involved for introducing me to the Craft and making my night so special. I couldn’t recommend it more to anyone thinking of joining.