Timmy was a little five year old boy whose Mom loved
him very much, and being a worrier, she was concerned
about his 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 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
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 had done 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,
"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!"