Timmy was a little five year old boy that his Mom loved very much. Being a worrier, she was concerned about him walking to school when he started Kindergarten. She walked him to school the first couple of days. But he came home one day 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, but she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor, Mrs. Goodnest, if she would surreptitiously follow her 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 that since she was up early with her toddler anyway and it would be a good way for them to get some exercise, 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 following them as she seemed to do every day all week. 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 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 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."