Tonight our boys did us proud. As I have mentioned before , my sons are in a youth group called Demolay Canada, part of the family of Freemasons. This weekend is the Annual Grand Lodge Communication. Sort of a Masonic convention, where Masons from all over BC and the Yukon come together for the purpose of installing its newly elected officers for the ensuing term. Our boys were thrilled to be invited to participate in tonights Community Evening.
They recieved a standing ovation from the audience as they inspired these folks with what good things our youth are capable of. The boys performed the Flower Talk which is very moving and is all about respect for motherhood. I highly reccommend reading this if you have never heard it before. The closing line is "DeMolay can ask no more of you than that you shall endeavor so to live as to be worthy of your mother's love." There were many a damp eye as some of these gentlemen (some quite elderly), were called to remember the love of their mothers. What is also impressive about this talk and many of the other lectures which these boys do, is that they memorize the whole thing and are able to perform it effectively in front of large, prestigious audiences.
At the end of the Flower Talk, each boy picks up a flower from the altar. Red flowers for boys whose mothers are still living, and white for those who have passed on. The boys with red flowers are asked to give it to their moms. The boys with a white flower, take their bloom home and keep it in rememberance of a mother passed on.
Here they are, up in front of the dignitaries, including the mayor, a representative of the RCMP, Representatives of the concordant bodies, including the Shriners, Eastern Star, Gizah Temple, etc. and the head of the BC Cancer foundation. The tallest boy is my David. Just out of the left of this shot was an audience of about 400 people. It just amazes me, the confidence this organization gives to these young boys.
Also tonight, There were cheques given out to Cancer Work totaling many thousands of dollars which the Masons raised.
It feels good to be part of this Masonic Family.
So, what were your kids doing tonight? Whatever it was, I hope they appreciate how much you love them.