A spry youthful boy walked by a pawn shop. This lender of money stood at the forefront of his store and he noticed that he had on a pretty and big Masonic logo. This boy had been circling around the perimeter of the area for a while when he decided to make a comment. He said something along the lines of “I see you’re a Mason. I too am a Freemason. I actually really need 25 bucks right now. I can give you back the money in 10 days. I know you have no clue who I am, but since we’re both Freemasons you should trust me.”
The shopkeeper looked the boy up and down. There weren’t many pawn shops Detroit. The boy was a good looking guy, well dressed with a nice haircut. After thinking for a second, he said “OK”. Only a few days later the boy ended up paying him back. That was the end of that.
4 months later:
This young man is receiving his Freemason degree at a lodge. He lied about being a freemason when he borrowed the money. He took a look across the room and noticed the pawn shop owner was sitting there. His face became red in embarrassment – he hoped he wasn’t noticed. It did not appear to be so, so he tried to get out of there as soon as possible. Just as he began walking out, the broker comes up to him. He smiles and offers his hand for a shake.
“It appears that you weren’t actually one of us when you borrowed that money from me,” he observed.
“Oh uh, no, sorry, I wasn’t. Can I explain? I was walking around pawn shops in Detroit Michigan and I heard that you people were really friendly and charitable and that you would always help a brother out. When I walked by your place I didn’t actually need the money. In reality I had tons of cash money in my pocket, but I saw your logo and I wanted to see how true your people’s charitableness was. Seeing as how you actually did help me out, I decided to come to this lodge and become one of you. I hope that this explanation that I give you means that you will forgive me. I did not mean to lie.” That’s what the boy said.
The broker chuckles. “Honestly do not fret. I was not a Freemason either when I let you borrow that money. I did not have any reason wearing the logo you saw. Someone else had just borrowed some money for it, and I thought it was pretty so put it on for a few seconds. As soon as you left I took it off. I did not want anyone else to be borrowing money from me because they thought I was a freemason. When you asked me for the money, I too recalled thoughts of those kind, trusty Freemasons that help out their brothers. That they always pay their debts. It was for this reason that I trusted you (also $25 wasn’t too much to lose). You ended up repaying me just like you said, so that made me want to become a freemason. I was just in line in front of you!
And that is the story of two people who became Freemasons for no real reason. You can pick this story apart in many different ways, but at the end of the day it just comes down to two people being good people and staying true to their word. Don’t delve in too deeply into the recesses of your mind.
This just goes to show how kind people can be – whether they are Freemason or not – shop keeper of a pawn shop or not.
Thank you for reading.