Timmy was a little five year old boy whose Mom loved him very much, and
being a worrier, she was concerned about him walking to school when he
started Kindergarten. She walked him to school the first couple of days, and
at the end of the week, he came home from school and told his mother that he
did not want her walking him to school everyday. He wanted to be like the
big boys" he protested loudly.
So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbour, Mrs.
Goodnest, if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying
at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her. Mrs. Goodnest said that
since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for
them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.
The next school day, Mrs. Goodnest and her little girl, Marcy, set out
following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbour boy he
knew. She did this for the whole week.
As the boys walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's little
friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every
day all week.
Finally he said to Timmy, "Have you noticed that lady following us to
school all week? Do you know her?"
Timmy nonchalantly replied, "Yeah, I know who she is."
The friend said, "Well, who is she?"
"That's just Shirley Goodnest" Timmy replied, "and her daughter Marcy."
"Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and why is she following us?"
"Well", Timmy explained, "every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm
with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much.
And in the psalm, it says 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all
the days of my life,' so I guess I'll just have to get used to it.Ē
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