Sunday, April 5, 2009


Mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school.
He didn't want his mother to walk with him.
She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet
know that he was safe.

So she had an idea of how to handle it.
She asked a neighbor if she would
please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance,
so he probably wouldn't notice her.
She 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, the neighbor and her little girl set out
following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew.
She did this for the whole week.
As the two 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 she 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 little girl said, 'Well, who is she?'

'That's just Shirley Goodnest,' Timmy replied, 'and her daughter Marcy.'
'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 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!'

The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make His face to shine upon you,

and be gracious unto you;

the Lord lift His countenance upon you,and give you peace.


May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always.

I know you smiled!
I sure did.

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Anonymous said...

Yes! I sure did. Very cute!

Nadine said...

That was great Susan. It did make me smile.

Shirley said...

Very Cute! Since my name is Shirley, John wanted to name the dogs Goodness and Mercy - however, we couldn't quite call Lilly "Goodness" :) She is just too hyper of a dog for that :)

Betty said...

Thanks for the smile! Have a good Sunday!

Anonymous said...

I not only smiled, I am still giggling. What an adorable story!!! =)

retha said...

I smiled as well.

the voice of melody said...

This is so cute! Thanks for sharing and putting a huge smile on my face. :)

Leann said...

Oh that was soo sweet. Thanks for sharing. It's hard to let them go!

Mari said...

I'm smiling! Thanks for sharing this!

This Country Girl said...

I love that! I remember reading that somewhere before! Thanks for the smile this evening! :)

Have a great week!

Brenda said...

That is so cute! That was the favorite line of an old friend of ours (he's since passed away), but I'll never forget him saying that he knew the names of his guardian angels...Shirley, Goodness and Mercy. I love that.

diana said...

yep, i smiled =)

Anonymous said...

That is so cute. Surprise ending to the story. I like that.

Sohailah said...

So cute. Definitely made me smile. Love you, Susan!