Timmy was a little five year old boy that his Mom
loved very much and, being a worrier, she was
concerned abouthim walking to school when he
started Kindergarten. She walked him to school for
a couple of days but when he came home one day,
he told his mother that he did not want her walking
him toschool everyday. He wanted to be like the "big
He protested loudly, so she had an idea of how to
handle it. She asked a neighbor, Mrs. Goodnest, if
she would surreptitiously followher 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 thatsince 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 followingthem as she seemed to do every day
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
"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."