|Todd and Valerie Creason at a Scottish Rite luncheon (2011)|
In my part of the world, we have a practice when it comes to investigating a petitioner that from what I understand, isn't that widespread. When our investigating committee calls to arrange a time to meet with a petitioner, if he's a married man--we invite his wife to join us!
It's true. And there's good reasons for it. It's a good place to ask questions. It's a good chance to introduce his wife to who we are, what we do (and don't do), and the things that are important to us. And of course the most important reason is obvious. It's unlikely he's going to ever be very involved in Freemasonry if his wife doesn't support his decision to join the Lodge.
|Valerie (with helper) managing our trail run|
But it was pretty clear to her that this was different when three Masons arrived at our house and talked to us about Freemasonry. They had a few questions for me, and we had a lot of questions for them. When they finally left, Valerie was almost as excited at the prospect of me being involved in the Fraternity as I was.
I'm gone quite a bit, and when I'm not attending something Freemasonry related, I'm writing something Freemasonry related. It's a very involving hobby of mine. Oddly enough, there's never been one argument in my house about me leaving to go to a meeting--in fact, she'll look at me some evenings and say "isn't there a meeting you could go to?" She told me one time she doesn't mind me going to meetings and events, because she realizes she has benefited from Freemasonry as much as I have--she's wound up with a better product than the one she married.
My story isn't unique. It would be impossible for our Fraternity to thrive without the support of our wives. They don't just let us go to the meeting, most of our wives are right there doing a lot of the work.
|Those two have obviously grown pretty comfortable in a lodge room|
|A rare occasion when I actually remembered to thank my wife . . .|
Always remember that behind any successful Lodge, there's often a collection of very dedicated and hardworking spouses that rarely receive the recognition and thanks they deserve. So let me just say to all of you right here . . . thank you! There's no way we could do the things we do without you.
Todd E. Creason, is the founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog and continues to be a regular contributor. He is the author of several books and novels, including the Famous American Freemasons series. He is member of Homer Lodge No. 199, and a Past Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL). He is a member the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, the York Rite Bodies of Champaign/Urbana (IL), the Ansar Shrine (IL), Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees, and Charter President of the Illini High Twelve in Champaign-Urbana (IL).