Opies Kindness

Isn't Opie's Sincereness a bit TOO fake sometimes. Like Yes Maam and Yes Sir?? I doubt Ronny Howard was that KIND in real life. It just sounds too fake. Like a telephonemarketer being too kind "Oh well I prmomise will fix it." or "I didn't know it was broken, well sent you a free replacement!" Really, that's sort of what Opie was doing.

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  • Actually, Ronnie Howard was that type of boy and is still that kind of man.  You may not know this but kids in the south are STILL (not all of them mind you) told to be respectful to adults.  I say "Yes sir" and "No sir" all the time. It's second nature.

    I guess the sad part is that MORE people don't behave with manors. 

    I teach tae know do and we require all our students to show that kind of respect.  They answer "yes sir" or "no sir" or they get to do push-ups.  I grew up in the in the late 60's and 70's so I can tell you for sure that Opie behaved like a young boy would have in the south.

    Now so far as Ron Howard goes, if you listen to interviews with him or his brother Clint, he still says yes sir and no sir so I don't think it was acting.  In the book "Mayberry, My Hometown" the author was going to see an adult Ron Howard (big time director) to interview him.  Ron was late for the interview so Stephen (the author) waited about 30 minutes or so from the time he was to have started until Mr. Howard was able to see him.

    30 minutes isn't that long when waiting on busy man like Ron Howard so the author thought nothing about it.  Ron Howard, however, was VERY apologetic for keeping him waiting. This VERY busy and important man in Hollywood was doing a favor by allowing the author to interview him and he apologized for being late. 

    The reason turned out to be that Ron took his kids to school....something he always tries to do when he isn't shooting a movie somewhere.  There was a delay at the school so he was late and still, he apologized.  Sounds like "Opie" wasn't faking those good manors nor the value he placed on others.

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    • Yeah I agree about the whole Floyd business. But, he wouldn't have called Floyd Mr. Floyd he would of called him Mr. Lawson, I call my barber my his first name too.So, I'm not surprised about him calling his Barber "Floyd",well "Floyd".

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    • Sandra....you are sooooo right.  The parents are often worse, and therefore the cause, than their children. 

      Parents...go out and "act like somebody."

  • I was brought up to say: yes ma'am, no ma'am, yes sir, no sir, thank you.  My brother, sister & I got into trouble for not replying with one of those 'nice phrases'.   I've tried to raise Adam the same way and for the most part he does pretty good.  When I was in college a lady jumped all over me for saying 'yes ma'am' to her.  She was about 15 years older than me.  I kindly looked at her and said, 'If my mom or dad were standing here and I didn't say 'yes ma'am' to you I'd get in trouble, it doesn't matter how old I am they'd still get on to me.  That's just one of the things that young people don't understand, kindness and respect to our elders. There is so much disrespect today.  Parents need to parent.  Teach our children to treat others with kindness, show respect and love for one another.  Instead of expecting everything to be given to them.  Well I was gonna say more but I'd be getting into stuff I shouldn't and not respecting the rules. 

    • A hearty amen, Jan.
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        • Tammy,

          It sounds like you're trying your best to raise respectful children. I've been lucky that the Lord has blessed me with a respectful child.  Jan and I did our best but some bit of it is always up to the child.

          I'm proud of him and often wonder when I'm watching Opie give up his job because...well, the other kid needed to help pay bills.....I believe and hope that Adam would do the same in the situation. 

          Opie is a wonderful young man.  I hope all of us are blessed enough to raise young men or women to be respectful and caring in life.  How wonderful our world would be with more people like that.

  • Thanks to John for leading to the episode of Two Chairs No Waiting 173: Opie's Kindness.

    Two Chairs No Waiting 173: Opie’s Kindness
    The question, “Isn’t Opie’s sincereness a bit TOO fake sometimes. Like “Yes Ma’am” and “Yes, sir??” I doubt Ronny Howard was that “kind”…
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