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From: Shari (
Subject: A Grinner:
Date: July 17, 2005 at 6:34 pm PST

>Timmy was a little five year old boy whose Mom
> loved him very much, and
> >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,
> >and at the end of the week, he came home from
> school 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. So she had
> an idea of how to
> >handle it. She asked a neighbor, Mrs. Goodnest, if
> she would please follow
> >him to school in the mornings, staying at a
> distance, so he probably
> >wouldn't notice her. Mrs. Goodnest 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, 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, Timmy's little friend
> noticed the 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 to
> >school all week? Do you know her?"
> >
> >Timmy nonchalantly replied, "Yeah, I know who she
> is."
> >
> >The friend said, "Well, who is she?"
> >
> >"That's just Shirley Goodnest" Timmy replied, "and
> her daughter Marcy."
> >
> >"Shirley Goodnest? Who the 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!"

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