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Masonic News & Views -- Happy Birthday!
December 27, 2010
Greetings Brother,

The CowChows is a peaceful place, perfect for pondering, which as it happens, is one of my favorite things to do. I stepped outside earlier today to stretch my legs and take in the crisp winter air. I wandered and pondered for a time, and while the air was cold the day was calm and the sunshine was bright and warm. Last night's snow had not yet begun to melt and the world looked as if it were sprinkled with powdered sugar. I thought I was headed back inside, but as I came around the front of the house there was the perfect patch of sunlight on the front porch steps. It invited me to sit, and so I did.

I sat down on the steps, stretched out my legs, leaned back on my elbows, and raised my face to the soothing warmth of the sun. The world and all its woes seemed a million miles away, and I felt myself drifting on a raft of peaceful quiet. I must have dozed because I was actually startled when I heard that small, timid voice say, "What ya doin?"

I opened one eye to see Mason, the little brother to the little blond haired girl next door, standing at my feet. I closed my eye, took a deep breath, and exhaled, "Oh, I'm just pondering."

"Can I ponder, too," he asked.

"Sure," I said nodding to the steps, "pull up a sunbeam and have a seat."

He sat down beside me, stretched out his little legs, and leaned back on his elbows.

"Did you have a good Christmas," I asked him.

"Yeah," he said with a shrug.

"Did you get everything you wanted from Santa Claus?"

"No. I wanted LEGO Mindstorms but I didn't get it," he said with a pout.

"That's too bad," I told him. "Maybe you'll get it when your friend, Jack, has a birthday."

He turned to me with a frown and said, "Why would I get a present when it's Jack's birthday?"

"You mean you don't get presents when all your friends have birthdays," I asked him.

"No," he said rolling his eyes as if that were the dumbest thing he'd ever heard of.

"Well, what do you do when your friends have birthdays," I asked him.

Again he rolled his eyes, "We give them presents, and we eat cake and ice cream, and we sing Happy Birthday, and we play games."

"Well, you know Christmas is Jesus' birthday, right?"

"Yeah," he said quizzically.

"Did you eat ice cream yesterday?"


"Did you play games?"


"Did you give him a present?"

"No," he said softly.

"Did you sing Happy Birthday to him?"

"Hunh-uh," he said shaking his head slowly.

"Well," I said, "how about we do that and you can give him a present next year. I'm sure he won't mind.

His eyes brightened and his smile stretched wide and he was nodding vigorously as he said, "Yeah, let's do that!"

And so we began, "Happy birthday to you; happy birthday to you; happy birthday dear Jesus; happy birthday to you."

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

Now, on with the news........................

The monthly business meeting of Springfield Chapter No. 15 RAM, Zabud Council No. 25 Cryptic Masons, and St. John's Commandery No. 20 KT will not be held on Monday, December 27, 2010. The regular schedule of the fourth Monday will recommence in January.

The regularly scheduled work day at Gate of the Temple Lodge building will be held on the second Saturday, January 8, 2011. This workday is generally held on the first Saturday of each month and all assistance is appreciated.

Friday, December 31, 2010: There will be a Chili/Soup/Hot-Dog Supper and Auction to benefit Tera (Mackey) Gaver. Tera is the daughter of Brother Joe Mackey of Bolivar Lodge No. 195 and is currently dealing with cancer. The benefit will begin at 5:30 PM at Tumbles Gymnastics & Cheer on Buffalo Street. For more information or to make a donation call Crystal Hensley at (417) 777-6961.

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