Anyone who grew up in the sixties spent time watching the Andy Griffith Show. Some of us more than others. When I was growing up watching tv, Mayberry seemed like the ideal place to grow up. Andy and Barney, Aunt Bea and Opie, Floyd the Barber,Goober and Wally, even Otis the town drunk was harmless and charming.
The stories every week reflected values and morals. Most of them had a happy ending and a message. As I grew up and the show ended, I missed it. I missed the good message of each show, the cameraderie, the bond between Andy and Barney, and the lessons learned each week that helped Opie mature into a fine young man. And I loved Andy’s Martin guitar!
Thankfully the show came back in syndication, and I still love watching it. I’ve seen every episode multiple times, but it still seems appealing and interesting.
Of course the real boyhood home of Andy Griffith is Mount Airy North Carolina. Right near Pilot Mountain which in the show became Mount Pilot. The town seems the same today. Every September they hold Mayberry Days which includes appearances by the original cast who are still with us, and a celebration of the show and what it means to all of us.
My family and I have visited Mount Airy on a few occasions and still enjoy it every time.
If you are in North Carolina, do yourself a favor and spend a day there. You will enjoy it immensely, flashing back to a simpler time, if even for just a day.