Monday, June 29, 2009

Life Goes On Without You

During a deployment, there comes a point in a member’s mind that life is moving on without you back home. While that seems like a “duh” statement, things will happen that will hit home for you. Birthday’s, your child’s first words, or steps.

While these milestones can’t compare, Freemasonry has been moving on as well. Both of the lodges I belong to had their elections, and the officers were elected. I feel a level of disappointment/envy knowing that I can’t be there to be a part of the excitement that comes with a new officer year. I have missed a whole slew of new brothers at my mother lodge. Or the installation of a man whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather start his journey to the east as Junior Deacon, I will miss all these things back home, and it does bring a touch of sadness.

Still, I keep Freemasonry in my heart, and while I miss the fellowship and the ritual, it is still a part of my life, and its teachings help guide me every day. For that, I am thankful for the instructions of the Craft and the significant impact it has had and will continue to have on my life.

-Bro Vick


The Palmetto Bug said...

Thanks for the blog updates and please stay safe.

Jeff said...

Thank you for the blog post! Keep safe and be assured your absence does not go unnoticed.

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog. I will be traveling to England in August and I was doing a search for the Masonic Lodge in Salisbury England. I do plan on touring the Freemason's Hall in London.
Stay safe - and if you have the time tell me about your experience of visiting Masonic sites in England.
I live in Pennsylvania.

Mark Koltko-Rivera said...

Perhaps in some small way I can understand what you feel. I moved from Florida to New York a year ago, and in perusing the monthly lodge newsletter, I realized that this was probably the last year where I would know all of the officers personally; the proportion I know will grow smaller and smaller with each passing year.

However, be assured that you are missed. And your deployment will come to an end, and you will go home.

Just take care of yourself, heads up, and be well.