So, I wore a Masonic shirt out today. I rarely do it, but I had a light T-shirt, it is comfy, and it is a warm day, so I threw it on.
My first stop was Ace Hardware. At the checkout, the cashier asked if I was a Mason, and I said yes. I asked her if she knew some Masons, and she
said, no, but she knew they were good people. I thanked her, and then the lady behind me spoke up. She said she knew Masons supported the Shriners,
and her son had a club foot when he was born 15 years ago, and the
Shriners Hospital in Tampa
fixed the foot for free, and they
still see him once every year, and he is running track in high school this year! She gushed about the Shriners and thanked me for my service.
I finished paying, and as I walked out, a man who had overheard the conversation stopped me and asked if I was a Shriner. I said yes, and he said 20
years ago, he and a friend had wrecked a 4-wheeler and his friend ended up underneath of it, against the exhaust and became very badly injured and
burned. The local hospitals couldn't handle his injuries, and after being stablized he was flown to
Shriners Burn Unit in Houston
, where he was treated at no
charge, and made a full recovery after several difficult surgeries.
Now, to be honest, this was a little distracting for me. I've heard these stories many, many times, and I was in quite a hurry to get a lot of
errands run and yard work done today, but of course I was polite and thanked them for the conversation.
Next stop was the car wash, and as I vacummed my car, a young women from the next stall came over to ask if I was a Mason. I said yes, as I thought
of the time ticking away on my vacuum token, and she proceeded to tell me her grandfather was a Mason, and her brother wanted to get involved, and she
knew what a quality organization it was, and she hoped her brother would meet some really good role models there. My vacuum time ran out, and I
proceeded to give her my name and number, and the numbers of a few other guys that would gladly talk to her brother if he was interested.
This was just one hour wearing a Masonic T-shirt on a Saturday morning.
For those folks that love to criticize, and think the whole world is similar to the internet...
I challenge you!
Put on a Masonic T-shirt one day, and go out into the world.
Don't lie about your affiliation. When folks ask, tell them you are not a Mason, you just like the T-shirt, and then listen to the stories they tell
you about Masonry.
The only place Masons are feared and ridiculed is on the internet. In real life, real folks admire and appreciate Masonry, and they have nothing but
good things to say about it. Not once in my 10 years as a Mason has a person ever asked if I was a Mason, and then proceeded to ask about conspiracy
theories, or huff at my affiliation, or seem taken back, or mentioned anything remotely similar to the stuff on ATS and other sites.
TRY IT! I dare you. But don't do it if you have a lot of yard work to get done!