Mayberry was the fictitious town from the Andy Griffith series and the home town of Gomer Pyle in Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.
Unlike today, in Mayberry everyone knew your name and everyone respected their neighbor. It was a much slower pace of life where family life and friends were of utmost importance. People respected each other and took responsibility for their actions and their lives.
People worked hard and enjoyed simple pleasures. They participated in many social events together.
There might be a town pot-luck supper where everyone came and brought good homemade food. The evening would be spent enjoying the meal and engaging in fellowship with friends and neighbors. There was no spending the day alone with a TV, computer or video game.
When there was a problem these honest, hardworking people would all pitch in the resolve it. Even if there had been such a thing, there was no need for anyone to go to a gym. Everyday life involved plenty of physical exercise.
Andy Griffith was the sheriff of the town located somewhere in rural North Carolina. As sheriff he did not carry a gun instead relying on the respect of the people for him and not for a weapon. Can you imagine a sheriff today relying on respect and not carrying a weapon?
When not working Andy could be found fishing or maybe playing his guitar and singing with friends. Andy’s aunt took care of Andy and his son and they lived in the same household. It was not unusual in that time for extended families to live together. Today families are spread out all over the world and some of the closeness from several decades ago has been lost.
We live today in a much different society than the one found in Mayberry years ago. We’ve gone through war, assassination of a president, trips to space, less importance placed on the family units, and less importance placed on religious values. We now also have news coverage 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Life today is at a much faster pace.
Maybe we yearn for the much slower and seemingly more civil days from the time of Mayberry. We didn’t live back there and this fictitious town and its people are remembered with great fondness. People didn’t have to work many, many hours a week at a job to try and keep up. Who is to say if the time we remember was really a better way of life than the one we have now. Looking back with rose colored glasses it sure seemed like a more pleasant time.