Tuesday, July 3, 2012

juanita, juanita

When I was growing up I used to get home from school right as The Andy Griffith Show was starting.  My mom, who never stops for anything, would be sitting in front of the TV, and we would watch the madcap escapades of the citizens of Mayberry together.  It was a sacred time. A theory in our family is that my mom fell in love with my dad partly because he reminded her so much of Andy Griffith. 

When John and I were first married and he was in MBA school he used to go home for lunch and watch Matlock while he ate his ramen or weevilly macaroni.  He liked it better than The Andy Griffith Show because it was in color. 

My kids have watched the show since they were very small, because I used to put on DVDs of it in the car when I had to stop and nurse a baby.  We own the first five seasons of it--everything until Don Knotts left.  They understand what moonshine is, and why not to act like Arnold Winkler.  We love, love, love Andy Griffith.  Such a gentle, kind, funny teacher.  If you haven't watched the episode where Opie accidentally kills the mother bird with his slingshot you need to do it.  I hope to someday be as good a parent as Andy.

Here's one of my favorite moments from the show: 

Comic genius. 


beckster said...

Oh, Layne, thank you! I loved that show, and I was so sad when I heard that Andy Griffith had died. I can't imagine someone your age knowing so much about it, but maybe you caught it on re-runs.