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originally posted by: elementalgrove
I truly hope you do not think I was attempting to say woodwards life does not matter, that is the exact opposite of what I had hoped my message would relay.
originally posted by: woodwardjnr
a reply to: Kandinsky this feels most appropriate for now
APRON PRESENTATION SPEECH :
My Brother, I know present you with a lambskin or white leather apron. It is an emblem of innocence and the badge of a Mason, more ancient that the Golden Fleece or Roman Eagle and, when worthily worm, more honorable that the Star and Garter. It may be that in the coming years, upon your head will rest the laurel wreath of victory; from your breast may hang jewels fit to grace the diadem of an Eastern potentate. Nay, more than these, with light added to the coming light, your ambitious feet may tread round after round of the ladder that leads to fame in our mystic circle, and even the purple of the fraternity may rest upon your honored shoulders; but never again from mortal hands, never again until your enfranchised spirit shall have passed upwards and inward through the pearly gates, shall any honor so distinguished, so emblematical of purity and all perfections, be conferred upon you as this which I now bestow. It is yours; yours to wear throughout your honorable life, and at your death to be deposited upon the coffin which shall enclose your lifeless remains, and with them laid beneath the clods of the valley. Let its pure and spotless surface be to you and ever-present reminder of a purity of life and rectitude of conduct, a never-ending argument for noble deeds, for higher thoughts, for greater achievements. And when at last your weary feet shall have come to the end of their toilsome journey, and from your grasp shall fall forever the working tools of life, may the record of your life and actions be as white and spotless as the emblem which I place in your hand tonight. May it be your portion to hear from Him who sitteth as the Judge Supreme the welcome words: "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord"
Look after your health and make the most of your lives while you can, follow your dreams, enjoy your families they will always be there for you and have proved to be the most important thing in my life. and don't let anyone hold you back.
I will keep fighting to the bitter end and intend to meet my death in as concious a state as possible. You only get one opportunity to experience it. Whether that will be possible who knows.