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 a 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 agreed.
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 the heck 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 it, the prayer 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.