I have been contemplating petitioning a local lodge for quite a while. I have done my research and had a few long conversations with local masons regarding petitioning certain lodges and if they feel that I would be a good fit. In my mind I am ready to petition and attempt my degrees if accepted. I am attracted by the ideas of brotherhood, community service and self improvement that masony offers, but I am having a hard time comming up with a way to broach the subject with my wife. I know that if i can adequatly explain the lodge to her and help her to understand better what the lodge stands for and what they do she would be behind me, but I am afraid that my lack of knowledge will be my down falling.
I understand that certain aspects of lodge life and operations are not public knowledge, but can any of you help me to explain to her the functionings of the lodge so i can try to explain that what masonry is about.
Also, a realistic expectation of time requirements for a semi active brother would be much appreciated (understanding that requirements are a "get what you give" type of thing. in your lodge what is the general time requirement for a moderately active member)
Finally, how did you explain your desire to petition to your wife or significant other?
Yes, I'm curious as well. I met a mason the other day and struck up a conversation with him. I feel comfortable enough with him to see about initiation and look forward to hearing about your experience.
Have you pursued this at all?
Have you also talked to your wife about joining an Eastern Star Chapter? A lot of women in that organization can help you tell her more about what it is like being married to a Mason and even the perils of becoming a lodge widow if you decide to travel a lot.