Tuesday, April 17, 2012

o is for opey


everyone remembers or has seen in reruns, the loveable little boy opey—the one that director ron howard so sweetly portrayed---his idyllic home of mayberry usa was so intriguing to me--

opey didn't get into too much trouble—but if he did—everyone was likely to hear about it—one of the unfortunate things of living in the “small town”-

i loved how he called his dad paw and how much he seemed to respect his father and his charming aunt bea

his life was about fishing and learning life's lessons, without too much heartache—he was so lucky, wasn't he

now it was sad that he didn't have his mom—i really don't recall what had happened to his mom, or if they ever said-

he was such a polite young lad—the kind of kid you just knew would not grow up and leave mayberry-
he couldn't—it just wouldn't have been right--

as a matter of fact, i believe opey is still there-----maybe even the sheriff, just like his dad---

otis probably died a while back and andy---barney came back and retired, finally ready to ask thelma to marry him—but she was already hitched to goober---

yes that opey was quite a happy little fellow---i can still hear him whistling as he walks down that road with paw--

59 comments:

  1. I always liked Opie. Too bad more kids today aren't like him.

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  2. I grew up with this show and others like it where little lessons were behind the programing. I grew up in a home where the words sir and ma'am better be used as well as respect. Today however it is more of a to gain respect others should also be respectful also attitude.

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  3. Opie was cute. I like Ron Howard; liked him more as Richie Cunningham, I think. Only because I watched more Happy Days.

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    1. oh yeah--happy days---great show--still was a sweet boy :)

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  4. I think it was implied Opey's mom had died, but I can't remember for sure. That was a great show indeed with lessons and values taught along with laughter and enjoyment of a good entertainment.

    have a great day!

    betty

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    1. yeah i am fairly sure that the mom died--you have a wonderful day too!

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  5. I grew up with the reruns. What a great show!

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    1. i am so glad it is still in reruns :)

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  6. I watch the show, but remember the whistling tune and the image of the little boy with a fishing pole--very idyllic.

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  7. Ah yes, Mayberry. I grew up watching the show, grew up watching Opie grow up.

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  8. My husband and his family watched Andy Griffith. We've recently started watching some of the episodes with out sons.

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    1. oh that's neat--they are so funny too :)

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  9. I loved Opie. The whole gang. Gomer Pyle too. What a goof ball, but what a voice!!

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    1. i know--remember the one where barney had a solo in the choir--but they turned his mic off and had gomer sing from behind a curtain--the funniest part to me was when barney heard gomer's voice--thinking it was his--how shocked and proud he looked--great show :)

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  10. I don't think we must have had this show in the UK as I have no reocllection of it at all!

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    1. if you can find it--i feel sure you would get a kick out of it :)

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  11. I'm with Judy and Sandra. I kind of miss the old and corny.

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    1. oh i do too--lots more the older i get :)

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  12. I used to watch this show too -- the setting and characters made me want to buy a house there and be part of the Mayberry family.

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    1. me too--we tried for years--never did it :)

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  13. I loved that show. I show it to my kids every now and then. I'm impressed that my young children will watch the show that doesn't have any animation, cgi, montage scenes, or even color.

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    1. i know what you mean--i have purchased old old cartoons, such as betty boop and little lulu--and my running around like crazy people, grand-kids, will sit mesmerized :)

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  14. I believe much of that innocence is lost nowadays. Great post.

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  15. I kid you not, my brother when little, was a twin of Opie's except for the red hair.

    The opie's and opiets of that time were respectful and had an innocence that today's kiddos are allowed to have.

    T

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  16. i know--so sad---cool how your brother looked like him---i think he was so cute!

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  17. I wish more kids were like Opey these days.

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  18. What's not to love about Opey, Richie, or Ron for that matter.

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  19. i agree, they are all delightful!

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  20. ohhh! little ronnie was so cute. dont remember him having many lines, tho

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  21. i know it was more--"yep" and "good-night paw" :)

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  22. I always wanted an Aunt Bea, and I wanted to be able to whistle along with the score.

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  23. i know--i had the aunt bea--but not such a great whistler :)

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  24. I have an aunt Bea, she's Spanish (from Bilbao) and never got married. Though she never had kids of her own, she took care of my sister while our parents took a well deserved vacation through Europe. She was strict but I have great memories of that time of our youth. Sadly, I lost contact with her. But I sure remember her with a warm heart.

    Nice Post.
    From Diary of a Writer in Progress

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  25. that's sweet--thanks for sharing that gina :)

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  26. I used to love that show, whenever someone cuts me off I screech in my best BF voice 'Citizen's arrest, citizen's arrest'

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  27. I didn't watch the show, but there is something very sweet and nostalgic in the way you described it. Sounds like something that would be on Nick at Nite.

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  28. I wish I'd say I've watched the show. It does sound like it was really cool, and Opey a wonderful character. I'll probably see if I can get some videos.

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  29. Mayberry was a classic! Opey was great. I still remember the early episode when he shot a bird with his BB gun and tried to lie about it to his dad. Of course he got busted. It was one of my favorite episodes.

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    1. my brother did the same thing--didn't lie about it--but was really not thinking when he did it--he cried and cried

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  30. Good classic show. I like the old tv shows best. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. i know, some of the old ones are even funnier to me now--i was watching laverne and shirley the other day and i didn't particularly find them funny back then--now i think they are hilarious

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  31. It was such a terrific show that always had a valuable message! Some TV shows seem dated when you watch the reruns many years later, but I truly believe The Andy Griffith Show is timeless. Of course I still love to whistle the theme song! Julie

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  32. Mayberry is certainly a place from another, perhaps better, time. This was a great show. Today's TV seems to have lost touch with a lot of those values and that innocence.

    Lee
    Places I Remember
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  33. they certainly have---my daughter and i have been getting series of old tv shows from the library and sometimes we will find them at certain stores pretty cheap---she loves the old gidget stuff too

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  34. What a delightful reminder of the whole show. You were able to transport me on set I believe I was standing with you behind a bush as Opey whistled past us.

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  35. haha what a sweet thing to say--i wish i was in mayberry--thanks :)

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