Maybe it’s the recent passing of Andy Griffith, or maybe it’s because my oldest is really starting to turn into quite the little man with his own opinions and thoughts I’m not sure, but I’m feeling nostalgic. I miss Mayberry! I was flipping through the channels the other night and caught a rerun of the Andy Griffith show. I have no idea what season or when it originally aired, but it made me think that we could all use a bit more Mayberry in this day in age.
The episode in a nutshell was that a big city business man broke down a few miles out-of-town on a Sunday. He walked into Mayberry and everything was closed except the local town church. The episode focused on this visitor getting his car fixed. He was rude, fast talking, and demanded quite a bit from the townsfolk. Andy was gracious enough to offer him a place to stay until his car could be fixed on Monday, and even welcomed him to the dinner table. The last part of the episode featured how things were a bit slower in Mayberry, taking the time to rock on the front porch, peel an apple and even enjoy a little cat nap. Goober and Gomer wound up fixing his car completely for free, and the traveler was able to head off to whatever untold urgent matter was in Charlotte. Right before he could drive off into the sunset, the traveller discovers he too could use a little more Mayberry in his life and decided to enjoy a cat nap, stay with Andy’s family and enjoy some peaceful down time.
Wow, wouldn’t that be amazing? I started thinking that I too could use a little more Mayberry in my life! I realized the other day that when I come home I’m often still consumed by things that don’t really matter. Sometimes it’s my phone with Facebook, emails, and other digital distractions. Other times it’s a continuation of my day job that seems to creep back into my evening. Since my little guys head to bed fairly early as it is, that doesn’t leave tons of time with the family. My oldest is at the perfect age where he is excited to tell me all about his day. He embellishes the details and tells what he ate, and what he learned. I love the fact that he is so excited about the most mundane details like that fact he ate goldfish for lunch with his peanut better and jelly sandwich. As he gets older I think I’m going to miss those moments, and as his little brother learns to talk, he too will hopefully share with me every little detail he can remember. I think it’s time for an intervention and to refocus on what my priorities really are. Would it really kill me to stay disconnected for a while?
The final straw was when I came home the other day after a long day at work. it was a rough day to say the least. I forgot my phone, misplaced my wedding ring (Don’t worry I self reported it to the Mrs, so no need to send her an email!), and had a particularly stressful day at work. (I also later found my ring thankfully!) I came home like any other day and since I didn’t have my phone, immediately logged in to check my Facebook, read my email, and take part in my digital life. My oldest asked me three times to help him build a lego castle, to which I easily dismissed with “In a moment buddy”, and “I’ll be right there”. It wasn’t until my wife pointed out to me that little man asked me three times, that I quietly closed the laptop and commenced to build a world record lego castle that was taller than he was! Guinness has been properly notified.
I have made a decision that I NEED to stick with! From here on out I’ll be noticeably absent from my digital life until bed time. Don’t worry, FrugalFloridaFun.com isn’t going anywhere, I’m just going to be a bit more careful when I post updates, work on my writing, and disappear into the digital world. From now on I plan on slowing down, appreciating the pace of small town Mayberry and unplugging until the little guys go to bed. After all, my family is my motivation, and I want to set a good example.
So what will we do with this new family time? Who knows, maybe sit on the front porch, peel an apple, sing some songs, and possibly even follow-up with some sidewalk chalk drawings! Or maybe, we’ll sit and watch some episodes of the Andy Griffith Show together, learning valuable life lessons via a television show that has long been off the air, but whose lessons still ring true even in today’s fast paced society. Thanks Sherif Taylor!
By the way, if you want to join us watching a few episodes, The Andy Griffith show is available via Netflix as well as Amazon Prime Streaming services. (You can give Amazon Prime a shot with a 30 day FREE trial by clicking here!) If you’re not internet streaming connected, you can also purchase the Andy Griffith Show complete series on DVD.