Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Starfish Day

Today is my second Mother's Day having my baby girl in my arms. This morning I woke up in bed to papa and E bringing me a bouquet of flowers. Then they brought in a box of chocolate cookies. They then left the room and I happily lounged in bed for a few minutes. E came back in the room in her cute little pajamas and said "here mommy" and opened her tiny palm to reveal A STARFISH. Those of you that know the starfish story will probably see the beauty in this and know why it brought tears to my eyes...those that don't know the starfish story, here it is...

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, 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!"

As if he hadn't heard, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he turned, smiled and said, "It made a difference to that one!"



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