In the dark as well as the light

by Midnight Freemasons Contributor
WB Darin A. Lahners

The "Heart-Stopping BLT" is a classic from Crown Candy that uses 14 pieces of crispy, kettle-cooked bacon

While recently on a trip to visit St. Louis, My girlfriend Lisa, our Friend Martha, and I decided to visit Crown Candy Kitchen.  Crown Candy Kitchen is one of the oldest operating Soda Fountains in the United States and it is the oldest in St. Louis.  On what seemed to be one of the hottest days of the year, we queued up to wait in a long line to eat at the establishment.  I had worn one of my Lodge Shirts, because when in a new place, I like to advertise I'm a Freemason with the hope that I will meet another brother "In the wild".  

While standing in the queue with my girlfriend, Lisa, I started talking with a guy who was explaining how he stops at Crown Candy Kitchen whenever he is in St. Louis.  He could not say enough good things about the Heart-Stopping BLT.  He was there with his family who soon joined him.  He had a very shy young daughter.  She must have been three to five years old, and had another daughter who was probably in her Tweens or Teens, as well as his wife.  I made it my mission to get this little girl to at the very least smile or say something to me.  Due to her shyness, no matter what I tried, it failed.  She just clung more tightly to her baby doll, which she had named Baby.  Her dad joked that she had thirty-seven baby dolls all named baby.  

Crown Candy Kitchen Interior

Eventually, we got to the front of the line and into the restaurant.  After hearing this guy talk about this BLT, I decided I had to try it.  It did not disappoint.  I am not sure that the picture attached to the article gives it justice. In any case, I also had a chocolate malt that was one of the best malts I've ever had.  The family that was next to us in line got seated shortly after us.  Well, apparently Lisa, Martha, and I are slow eaters, because the next thing I know, the little girl I was trying to get to smile or acknowledge me comes by our table with her sister.  I wave at her and she waved back!  She smiled and said: "I got Ice Cream!", proudly showing me her ice cream cone.  I said to her: "That looks good, I hope you enjoy your Ice Cream!"

Pretty soon, her dad and mom come by the table and the dad says goodbye.  We said goodbye and I was on cloud nine from getting the little girl to smile.  After about 30 seconds, the dad comes back and says: "I have something to give you".  He then gave me the token of a Master Mason.  I was flabbergasted.  Instead of asking his name, or Lodge, I said the first thing that popped into my head, which was: "I had a feeling that you might be."  So on the off chance that he reads this article, I just want to say: "It was a pleasure meeting you brother. You have a lovely family.  Thanks for the conversation and tip about the BLT."


WB Darin A. Lahners is our Co-Managing Editor. He is a host and producer of the "Meet, Act and Part" podcast. He is currently serving the Grand Lodge of Illinois Ancient Free and Accepted Masons as the Area Education Officer for the Eastern Masonic Area. He is a Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No.970 in St. Joseph. He is also a plural member of Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL), where he is also a Past Master. He’s also a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, a charter member of Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter No. 282, Salt Fork Shrine Club under the Ansar Shrine, and a grade one (Zelator) in the S.C.R.I.F. Prairieland College in Illinois. You can reach him by email at   

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