Yes, it’s the end of the world…why?
Opie is on the cover of AARP magazine this month. Opie. Lil Opie. The one we all grew up with fishin’ with Pa and eating the yummy food from Aunt Bea and hanging out with Deputy Fife. Oh sweet merciful heavens I’ve become an old woman in an instant. Opie…AARP…ackkk
Now we all know and recognize him as the successful director Ron Howard
To me he will forever be this little guy:
This I simply can’t get my head around:
I know its unrealistic to think people don’t change but there are some who should forever remain as they once were and in my pea brain Opie is an icon of what American life once was. Small towns, fishin’, local barbershops, good home cooking with the family sitting around the table. Oh I know women were repressed, there was terrible racism with blacks having to use separate entrances – no, everything wasn’t wonderful – so don’t send me hate mail. But it was a more innocent time and I miss the days when front doors weren’t locked and you knew your neighbors.
Opie on AARP represents a paradigm shift for me. It’s the end of the world as we know it. I’m starting to find myself reading obituaries and looking for anybody I know and that’s a good enough reason to cancel my subscription to the paper. The next thing you know I’ll be discussing the benefits of colon cleansing and listening to other old folks’ surgery stories. Gah….
I blinked…Opie grew up and is a model for AARP and all I can think of to say is Gaaaawleeeee. I miss those days.