>The Starfish


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The Starfish

There was
an old author that used to go to the beach in the mornings and walk,
sometimes for hours, in search of inspiration for his writing.
On one such occasion he was taking his walk and as he looked down the beach he saw a human figure moving like a

The old man smiled to himself at the vision of someone
dancing with the sunrise and continued on his way, curiosity having the
better of him. As he got closer he
saw that it was a young man and he was not dancing at all.  Instead, he
was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very
gently throwing it into the ocean.

As the old man got closer he called
out, “Good morning! What are you doing?”

The young man paused,
looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean.”

“Fair enough, but why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?”

sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in
they’ll die.”

boy stated this so matter-of-factly that the old man was taken aback at
first, wondering if there was some logic he was not comprehending.  He
said slowly, “young man, don’t you realize that there are
miles and miles of beach and thousands of starfish all along it? You
can’t possibly
make a difference!”

The young man listened politely, then bent
down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the
breaking waves and said,

“it made a difference for that one.”
on “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley

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 Have a beautiful day . . .


About marierhoades

Beach bum, wife, mother, lover of dogs & cats. Editor of Sally Lee by the Sea, http://nauticalcottageblog.com, a beach cottage design & lifestyle website.
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11 Responses to >The Starfish

  1. >ohhthose compositions reminds me about my trip to Thailand..I have been in paradise..

  2. Bob Scotney says:

    >We rarely if ever see starfish on the coast of the North Sea. The photo of the beach with pebbles as far as the eye can see shows a sight I have never seen – it's almost too symmetrical.

  3. Gina Black says:

    >I love starfish so much – have found 3 on the beaches of Washington that were able to be collected over the years.Great post!

  4. Janet says:

    >I love that story. I am going to print it and frame it!!!!!!!I am so glad you stopped by my blog because I love yours!!!!Janet 🙂

  5. Rose West says:

    >Loved the story and all the starfish! In North Carolina (where I vacation sometimes) they have these beautiful purple and orange starfish. It's so much fun finding live starfish washed up on the beach and putting them back in the water.

  6. lockofire says:

    >Don't you think starfish are the friendliest stars?

  7. >I love LockoFire's comment :-)Once we saw hundreds of starfish on the beach on Perdido… we threw all of them back! I have never seen them like that before or since… isn't that funny?Another friday's favorite for sure!

  8. >Great story. Thank you for sharing. I do love starfish!!

  9. Melissa says:

    >I can't even tell you how special this is! I heard a version of this a while ago and was so moved. I posted about it too! Thank you so much for sharing, this made my day!http://polkadotpancakes.blogspot.com/2010/09/starfish-and-world-gratitude-day.html

  10. Mo 'Betta says:

    >Thanks for visiting, I'm now following! Love, love your blog since I'm in love with all things nautical!

  11. >mmamazingI like all that has connected with a seathanks and Happy holidays

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