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The Starfish Story

(Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley)

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said… ”I made a difference for that one.”

Floydess Floydess 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 8, 2010

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Haha, I get it, and I'm laughing very loud now! Yes, I see! Good thing too that you went out, eh? =D

They were throwing the starfish back out to see....... See why I had to leave from laughing?

Aww, that's actually rather sweet and funny! Hehe, why dancers with this story? =P

This story has so many meanings for me, but not the same as what they're meant to be.<br />
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Me and the ex were at a work conference when we met. He was sitting in front of me and this woman started telling us this story. These dancers came out...... I was laughing so much I had to leave the hall. So did he....