It’s common for new members of the fraternity of Freemasonry to catch themselves rehearsing their memory work when they’re alone. Similarly, senior members have to prepare to participate in ceremonies to welcome new members. This can lead to humorous scenarios like a spouse hearing their loved one asking and answering questions alone in the kitchen or bathroom.

In my case, I’ve rehearsed for hours in the company of my beagle. She knows the words better than I do, but I still don’t appreciate her “harrump,” when I get a line wrong.