Timmy was a little five year old boy that his Mom loved 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, but when he came home one day, he 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 surreptitiously
follow her son to school, at a distance behind him that he would not
likely notice, but close enough to keep a watch on him. 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
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, the little
friend of Timmy noticed that this 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 all week? Do you know her?"
Timmy nonchalantly replied, "Yea, I know who she is."
The little friend said, "Well, who is she?"
"That's just Shirley Goodnest" Timmy said.
"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
the psalm 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."