I just saw some very sad news. A true legend has died. Andy Griffith, a man who truly set a high standard for men of integrity has died.
I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who hasn’t seen an episode of the Andy Griffith. In fact, I’m sure everyone I know can quote at least one line from his show. First airing in October of 1960, the Andy Griffith Show ran until August 1968; however, because America as a whole truly wants that wholesome, family friendly show that portrays a constant message of “right” and hope, it has continued to air throughout the years and still plays locally at 5:30pm every day. No matter how much I have seen this show, it never, ever gets old.
We have minister friends, Alan & Lorraine Knolls, from South Africa who visit us every couple of years. During some of their first visits to our home many years go, they fell instantly in love with watching the Andy Griffith Show. So much so that Steve and I purchased a video tape package with several seasons and mailed them to Alan & Lorraine as a gift. It was a cherished gift and one we were proud to share.
I can’t really choose a favorite episode; I always loved those featuring Opie (what a cute kid), Ernest T. Bass and, of course, Barney Fife. Then there’s Clara and Aunt Bee…and who can forget, Goober, Gomer, Floyd, Otis, Thelma Lou, Helen Crump, The Darlins’…I’m sure I’m leaving somebody out, but I don’t mean to. Every single character spoke to America, whether making us laugh or bringing tears to our eyes.
My boys love watching the Andy Griffith show and, while they realize it was made before even I was born, they were taken aback when I showed them a current picture of little Opie…haha…time has a way of changing us, huh?
So, move over TomKat…it’s time to give reverence to an unexpected loss.
Thank you, Andy Griffith, for setting the wholesome standard that I wish
ALL television shows were held to.
R.I.P. Andy Griffith. You made the world a better place.