A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school on his own. He was at that age where he didn't want his mother to walk with him. She accepted this and wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.
So she thought of a way to handle it. She asked a neighbour if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, but stay at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her.
The neighbour 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, and agreed to follow the lad to school.
The next school day, the neighbour and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with a friend from school.
She had been following Timmy for a week when Timmy 's little friend asked him 'Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?'
'Yeah, I know who she is.' Timmy nonchalantly replied,.
The little girl said, 'Well, who is she?'
'Oh. That's just Shirley Goodnest and her daughter Marcy ' Timmy replied.
'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 in the Psalm, it says, ' Shirley Goodnest (surely goodness ) and Marcy (mercy) shall follow me all the days of my life', so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!'
May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always.