I'll always remember the warmth, humor and patience Andy Griffith imbued his greatest creation, Andy Taylor, the peaceful sheriff of Mayberry, NC. His portrayal of fatherhood, fictitious or not, rang with a compelling honesty that still holds up against the puerile vagaries of disposable contemporary television.
It's July Fourth and I'll be meditating on my country's humble beginnings and how we have daily chances to enact our deepest, truest faith in the world's greatest experiment.
Please enjoy our Birthday in the spirit of warmth and understanding. Kinda like Sheriff Taylor.