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    The Starfish Story
    adapted from The Star Thrower
    by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)



    Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

    One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

    As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

    He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

    The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

    "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

    To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

    Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

    At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."
     
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    My school not only used this story at our Convocation, we all received starfish pins to remind ourselves of it. Thanks for sharing it with the forum.
     
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    Thanks for posting this, Alice. I have a copy that I printed about 4 years ago that I keep in the front of my planning binder where I can read it often. The reason I teach is because I do make a difference in the lives of the students I come into contact with.
     
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    Now I want to make a bunch of star fish for all the people I work with :)
     
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    That is an awesome story. I've never heard it before. Thank you for sharing it.
     
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    I agree... i enjoyed it as well! Thanks
     
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    Love it.
     
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    :) Thank you.
     
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    Thanks for the reminder. I am going to work hard at picking up starfish EVERY day ALL year long. I know some days it will be a struggle but it will be worth it if it makes a difference for even just one of those starfish.
     
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    love it. thanks
     
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    thanks Alice
     
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    Thank you for this. I just posted it on my school's email message board thingy.
     

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