Opp was a very small town back in the 40's. It was right out of Mayberry, USA. I loved that town with all my heart, and the people in it to. I discovered the library in Opp; a magical, mystical place of stored dreams, fantasies, truths, and illuminations of the mind. Reading has been my passion all of my life because of Ara Talley and the Opp Library. If I were wealthy, I would build a new library for Opp out of gratitude for the years of learning and joy they started me on. Thank you Opp, Alabama!! You will always be my favorite place in the US.
My best friend's name was Brenda Jeffcoat. She was the sweetest, funniest friend I ever had. I used to wake up looking forward to seeing her and sharing with her every day. We moved to Florida when I reached the third grade and I lost touch with Brenda. That was 61 years ago and I still miss that woman and wonder what her life has been like. If you happen to know her or know of her, please tell her that I have carried her friendship in my heart all of my life. She touched me that deeply and left an eternal impression on my soul. So did Opp.
And now I live only about 2 hours south of there. I don't have a car at the moment, but I will have one next year. I plan to make a trip to Opp and revisit the school. I don't expect anything to be the same except my memories, but that's okay. The heart of Opp is still there; it's heart is still in tune with mine no matter how much it has changed. Some things are eternal. I wish everyone could have an Opp and a Brenda in their lives. I am so blessed that I did.