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May They Follow You Too

My Dad sent me this email. You may have read it before, but I’m sharing it in case you haven’t…Just a very cute story:
A 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. The neighbor 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 Psalm reads: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me……..)
May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy follow you too all the days of your life! 🙂
and may you be inspired – everyday!


  1. Bella Bella July 4, 2011

    Oh Corinne, this is delightful! I loved reading this story! It just made me
    smile from ear to ear! Thank you for that, friend. 🙂

  2. Punam Punam July 2, 2011

    Love the story 🙂

  3. Charlie Nitric Charlie Nitric July 1, 2011

    Ooops typo on your name spelling 😛 ….. sorry CORINNE 🙂

  4. Charlie Nitric Charlie Nitric July 1, 2011

    Hi Corinee –

    I’ll can use more Shirley Goodnest and Marcy following me. Send them my way please. 🙂

  5. melissatandoc melissatandoc July 1, 2011

    It’s a wonderful story I’ll be sharing with the kids 😉 YEY! And it’s the Psalm I pray everyday while I travel… “I fear no harm for YOU are at my side…Your rod and staff give me courage…”

    His eternal presence is ever felt…I thank God for that 🙂

    love you Corinne…THANKS for sharing…it’s an ageless story :*

  6. Susieklein Susieklein June 30, 2011

    Ha! Great story! Thanx for sharing it, I’ve never heard it!

  7. Savira Gupta Savira Gupta June 30, 2011

    Absolutely Adorable

  8. G Angela G Angela June 30, 2011

    Corinne, this is very sweet, enjoyed reading !

  9. debra elramey debra elramey June 30, 2011

    When my brother used to hear Psalm 23 he thought “Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy” were three little sheep following the Shepherd.   That’s what he said he always pictured 🙂

  10. Sonia Rumzi Sonia Rumzi June 30, 2011

    Bless you Corinne. That was great! 🙂 How delightful!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues June 30, 2011

      @twitter-210647025:disqus – Thanks. I couldn’t help but share it, Sonia.

  11. Galen Pearl Galen Pearl June 30, 2011

    Ha!  I had not heard that one before.  It reminds me of my daughter when she was in kindergarten.  Her class had to sing the Christmas carol “Rejoice, rejoice, Emanuel ….”  Mia was singing “New toys, new toys…”  No wonder that was her favorite carol!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues June 30, 2011

      @82e1b8953d4addc346e14069bcf975c3:disqus – That’s the cutest! We can have quite a collection with these!

  12. elizabeth young elizabeth young June 30, 2011

    Beautiful Corinne, and thanks for the laughter! Hope you are well and all is good in your world.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues June 30, 2011

      @google-f0e262684b2c8cb70b3d2eb22dd25f93:disqus – You’re welcome, Elizabeth. Yes, all is indeed well and good in my world and I hope it’s the same in yours 🙂

  13. Bommer Bommer June 30, 2011

    Cute and Funny – made me laugh heartily.  Thanks.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues June 30, 2011

      @df598972c9dc87752bf5da356aa15abb:disqus – You’re welcome, glad you liked it!

  14. Larry Larry June 30, 2011

    His going to marry Marcy, you just know it

  15. Brenda Moguez Brenda Moguez June 29, 2011

    Ah, a  keeper. This reminds me of things my Dad would say to us when we were  little, then he said things think this to my kids.  I forgot, hugs for reminding me.  It’s good to feel this sort of love – always. 

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues June 30, 2011

      @3e863f37c2ee2f2de5a55614a1c14002:disqus – Would be lovely if you could recall it and share it with us. 

  16. roy durham roy durham June 29, 2011

    love this story if you don’t mind i would like to copy it and share it with my family love it . thank you and god bless May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy follow you too all the days of your life! 🙂

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