Shirley and Marcy

(Thank you Dave Pohlit for sending me this wonderful story)

A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son, Timmy, 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 neighbour if she would please follow him to school in the mornings,
staying 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, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbour and her little girl set out following behind
Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbour 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 is she and why is she following us?

‘Well,’ Timmy explained, ‘every night my Mum 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!’

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be
gracious unto you; the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always

I know you smiled!
I did. Pass this on
And brighten someone’s day!

Steve Pohlit, Founder
Manifest Mastermind

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