Oh, I Believe in Yesterday
Leonard Pitts Jr
Sheriff Taylor was one of the last links to another, simpler time. Before there was a traffic light or drive-through banking here, before we got our first cellphone tower or Wi-Fi connection, before the Dairy Queen, the
Over the years, some have criticized our town for the things that made us different. It has been noted, for instance, that
But that's hardly the only thing that bypassed our town.
The worst thing that ever happened in
It will be hard for a nation as thoroughly wired and utterly connected as this one to conceive that there was once a time and a town so far removed from the world outside that things such as those counted as crises. But there was. And when the crisis was resolved -- as always it was, sensibly, fairly and with a touch of good humor -- there always remained enough time, even on a workday afternoon, to slip down to the fishin' hole and drown some worms.
The days drifted into one another with a comforting familiarity, you knew who you were and what you were about and you sat content in that knowledge on the porch after church, sharing a howdy with passing neighbors, letting supper settle and contemplating a second helping of cobbler. If you were lucky, maybe Andy would bring out his guitar and sing.
He presided over
Now, he is gone. You cannot say you are surprised -- he was 86, after all -- but just the same, it hits you in a soft spot. There are those who will say Andy wasn't real, but he was. Real like the laughter of good friends and the simplicity of wisdom.
You cannot remember when you did not know that tune. But somehow, you fall asleep in black and white on the front porch dreaming of cobbler and awake in color with a Dairy Queen, a
Yesterday came suddenly.
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