The First Day of School
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I love school supplies. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I remember the thrill of picking out a new lunch box and pencil box. Remember that white paste with the peppermint smell and taste?? I think kids today aren't as healthy as we were because they never had that childhood staple-school paste. But I digress.
School starts here in our town next Wednesday. It reminds me of this old e-mail. I have no idea who wrote it, but it's one of my faves....
I'm glad to know Shirley!! xxxo
" A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn't want her to walk with him, and she wanted to give him a feeling of independence. But she also wanted know that he was safe.
When she expressed her concern to her neighbor, Shirley offered to follow him to school in the mornings for a while, staying at a distance so he wouldn't notice. Shirley said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise.
All week long, Shirley and her daughter followed Timmy as he walked to school with another neighborhood girl.
As the two children walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's friend said, 'Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?'
Timmy replied, 'Yes, I know who she is. That's my mom's friend Shirley Goodnest and her little girl Marcy'.
'Shirley Goodnest? Why is she following us?'
'Well,' Timmy explained, 'every night my mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, because 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'. I guess I'll just have to get used to it!'
May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always.