by Jeanne Hambleton © 2008
NFA Leader Against Pain – International Advocate
This little story was sent to me by a fibromite who described the tale as charming. I do agree with her. In a world full or woes and wars, this is story of pure innocence that is quite heartening. Enjoy.
A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school since he did not want his mother to walk with him.
She had an idea of how to handle it. She asked her good friend if she would follow him to school, staying at a distance so he would not notice her.
The friend said since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise, so she agreed.
The next school day, the friend and her little girl set out following Timmy as he walked to school with another neighborhood boy he knew. She did this for the whole week.
As the boys walked along, kicking stones and chatting, Timmy’s little friend noticed the same lady following them.
Finally he said to Timmy, “Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week?
Do you know her?”
Timmy nonchalantly replied, “Yes, I know who she is.”
The friend said, “Well, who is she?”
“That’s just Shirley Goodnest and her daughter Marcy,” replied Timmy.
“Shirley Goodnest? Who’s the heck is she and why is she following us?” asked his friend.
“Well,” Timmy explained, “every night my Mom has me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers ‘cause 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!”
May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always?