|Four generation photo|
While I was there, somebody stopped me in the hall and asked if I would take a photo. There were four men standing on the staircase, and I was only too happy to take their picture. As I learned from talking to them after the photo, what I'd just taken was a very special four generation photo. Not only was it son, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, but it was four generations of Scottish Rite Masons--the youngest would be receiving his 32nd Degree at that reunion. So if was a very special weekend for that family.
Later I was talking to one of the members of the Valley of Indianapolis, and told him about the photo I'd taken. That was the first time I'd heard the term "lewis." I thought that was the family name at first--we have a number of members in our lodge with that last name. But the term "lewis" actually means "son of a Mason." It's not used widespread in the United States but is more commonly used in other parts of the world--the term is not referred to at all in Craft ritual, but it does have a mention in Mark Masonry I was told (I was also told if I was a better York Rite Mason, I would know that).
|This is a stonecutters tool called a lewis used to lift heavy stones.|
Lewis' are very common in our Fraternity--in many families Freemasonry is a family tradition passed on from generation to generation. For many Masons, their most prized possessions are the rings or pins of members of their family, and they are worn with a great deal of reverence. However, for those of us who don't have a long line of Freemasons in the family, we hope our membership in this great Fraternity might begin a family tradition--that one day we'll be able to pass it on to a son or a grandson.
As I await the birth of my first grandson, I certainly know I do. He's not even born yet, and already, he's recieved a little blue onesy from his grandfather that reads "Future Freemason."
Todd E. Creason is an author and novelist whose work includes the award-winning non-fiction historical series Famous American Freemasons and the novels One Last Shot (2011) and A Shot After Midnight (2012). He's currently working on the third novel Shot to Hell which will be released in Spring 2014. You can contact Todd E. Creason at: firstname.lastname@example.org