July 3, 2010…Andy Griffiths dies in Home State of N. Carolina.
Andy Griffiths was the Pa every boy wanted to have. I remember spending that thirty minutes every day watching what was then my favorite TV show, “The Andy Griffiths Show”, and grew up admiring the values he advanced every day. Mayberry was a town of time gone by. And Andy Taylor was the small time Sheriff that there was no cause of to be afraid. Just a good man, admired by his community, making a living, and keeping law in order where everyone was just plain good anyway. His son Opie was the lucky one, Andy was his pa and he learned many a life’s lesson through Andy’s gentle touch.
You never had to worry about much in Andy’s Mayberry. That is unless you happened to park in the wrong place. Then you might get a ticket from Barney Fife the Deputy Sheriff and of course Andy’s Side kick. while Barney might get himself in a jam or two, Andy got him out and never once did he allow Barney to lose his dignity or pride. He knew Barney ment well.
If you ran out of gas or the car was broken down, that wasn’t a problem either because all you had to do was go down the road a piece and you could get gas or a repair by either Gober or Gomer at their gas station just outside of town.
Now, if by chance you ended up in Mayberry’s jail, one thing is for sure you would be treated to one of Aunt Bees home cooked Southern fried Chicken dinners. All the trimmings of course. Enough to make a crook come back for more.
If the toaster was broke take it down to Emmets Fix It Shop, and while that’s being taken care of, mosey on down to Floyd’s Barber Shop for a Hair Cut.
Then, if things go just the way they should, on a quiet summer night, you might find yourself on the front porch over at Andy’s house, along with Aunt Bee, and Opie, as well as Barney, with Andy Gatare in hand playing something real nice to close just another day in Mayberry. Andy’s town.
We still watch the re-runs, and dream about days gone by. Looking back then and comparing it to todays world, it makes us wish all the more that we could go back to a time when life was simple. Problems were not taken too seriously because somehow we could work it out, and people were just plain folk, in a small town, caring about each other, and life long friends.
We live with the memories now. All that remains is to say …..”Thank you Andy for all you gave us, thank you for your idea of home, Mayberry, and I hope you will rest in peace.”