We have lived in North Carolina for three years and have never ventured over to "Mayberry". I told the girls that we were going to go visit the birth and home place of Andy from the Andy Griffith Show. They were very excited because they love the reruns. Meredith asked, "Are we going to be able to see the sheriff's office and the jail?" I said, "Yes!" Janey's head popped up and and she said, "In color?????"
So to end our Spring Break, we drove over to Mt. Airy for the day. We began our day with a stop at Wally's filling station and sat on the front porch in the rocking chairs and watched the people drive and walk by. We reserved a spot on the next "Squad Car Tour". The man working outside on some repairs told us that we hit them on a good day. "D.C." was giving the tours and he was born and raised in Mt. Airy, played with Andy Griffith as a child, and had lots of stories to tell. His tours tended to be longer than most because he simply "isn't in a hurry".
Now that is something that speaks to me personally these days. It seems everyone (including myself) are always in a hurry...trying to get it all in. So, we spent the day in what I will call "Mayberry Mode". It kind of reminds me of the episode where the preacher preached on always being in a hurry. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney and Opie all sat on the porch talking about it and then decided to get the band together, fix the uniforms, rebuild the bandstand.....and the hurrying began...all in the name of resting and fun. So typical.
Anyway, we did try to spend the day in Mayberry Mode. "D.C." gave us the best tour of Mt. Airy. He told us lots of stories about the town and it's history-all from the view of the Mayberry squad car. Everyone waved as we drove through town. It was so fun.
Slow...peaceful...unhurried...relaxing...windows down...dogwoods blooming...sun shining....get the picture? We asked him where he liked to eat. He told us that his favorite place was "Barney's". So we ended up eating there. A lunch for four was about $14, tip and all. We ended the day at Opie's Candy Store where the girls filled there bags with a mix and match of all the sugar treats they liked.
All in all it was a nice day. It makes me long for a simpler life. Like the song says....
Sometimes it feels like this world is spinning faster
Than it did in the old days
So naturally, we have more natural disasters
From the strain of a fast pace
Sunday was a day of rest
Now, it’s one more day for progress
And we can’t slow down ‘cause more is best
It’s all an endless process
I miss Mayberry
Sitting on the porch drinking ice-cold cherry Coke
Where everything is black and white
Picking on a six string
Where people pass by and you call them by their first name
Watching the clouds roll by
Sometimes I can hear this old earth shouting
Through the trees as the wind blows
That’s when I climb up here on this mountain
To look through God’s window
Now I can’t fly
But I got two feet that get me high up here
Above the noise and city streets
My worries disappear
Sometimes I dream I’m driving down an old dirt road
Not even listed on a map
I pass a dad and son carrying a fishing pole
But I always wake up every time I try to turn back
So, I think I'll try to keep my Mayberry state of mind for a little bit longer....
sit in the rocker...
with a fan in my hand...
glass of iced tea....
taking a cat nap....
listening to the birds and the crickets...
wavin' at folks as they.......
speed by so fast you can't see who they are.
Oh well, a girl can dream!