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
neighbor, 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
The next school day, Mrs. Goodnest and her little girl,
Marcy, set out following behind Timmy as he walked to
school with another neighbor 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
"Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she
"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!"