When I was in the tenth grade, I enjoyed going to church and especially Sunday School. (In those days, that was pretty much the extent of my social life.) One Sunday, I walked in, expecting to see all my regular friends; and, lo and behold, there in the midst of them sat this new girl - who one day really would become my beautiful wife! I thank God that two of the personages I love most, my bride (Vickie) and His bride (the Church), came together at that one time and place. I like to think of that as double blessing!
Well, those who know me well know that I love Christmas. It is one of my favorite times of the year. As a child, obviously, I loved it for selfish reasons. I still love Christmas now; only for different, and hopefully better and more mature reasons than I once did.
And those who know me well also know that I love The Andy Griffith Show. (I have blogged several times about this before.) In fact, I have often summed up my life with this observation: “I like to think of myself as Sheriff Taylor; but in reality, I know in my heart that I am only Deputy Fife!” But, while I do have my share of shortcomings, as displayed in Barney, I do at least strive for the ideal, as displayed in Andy. Pray for me that I might have more Andy type days than I do Barney type days.
But I digress. A couple of years ago, the man known as the mayor of Music Row, singer-songwriter Charlie Monk, wrote and released a song titled “Andy and Opie Christmas”. In doing so, he managed to create the perfect combination: Christmas and Mayberry!
I have been unable to find the lyrics online; but the press release (along with a link to the YouTube video) is here: http://www.mu
y-little-big-town-charlie-monk/. Or you can go directly to the YouTube itself site at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNr-luG1zNQ. Take a moment or two to watch it. I think you will be glad you did. Who knows, you might even decide it qualifies as a double blessing!
By the way, for those of you who do not know already, there really is an official “Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club”. Its web page address is: http://www.imayberry.com/. While there, you can find information about "The Christmas Story" (the only episode of The Andy Griffith Show devoted entirely to Christmas) at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Christmas_Story_(The_Andy
Sadly, one cannot go back and walk the original streets of “Mayberry” today, as the Desilu back lot itself was demolished and turned into a development in the late 1970’s. But, for an extra blessing, get lost in the closest thing there is to the "real" place at: http://www.retroweb.com/40acres_tour.html.