Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Starfish Story

photo: weheartit

The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley

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
        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.”

 I just had to share this story.

This story was dedicated to the principal of the school Lil'Man & Lil Miss attend.  We have been fortunate to have this incredibly remarkable, intelligent, compassionate woman at the helm of our school for a little over 6 years.  In that time she has implemented countless educational experiences that have been the envy of other schools in the area.  Come September, she will be moving on to another school in the district where she will work her magic and win the hearts of those parents.  I wish her the very best of luck.  She has made a difference in not just one, but many little starfishes....and their parents.


  1. I love this analogy and never tire of it. It really does fit perfectly into academics.
    Thank you for your comment today - it was lovely and meant a lot. =) Have a beautiful day.

  2. What a beautiful little story!
    I hope the new principal can keep up her good work, and that she gets to make a difference somewhere else.

  3. I've read this story before, and I must say, it just never gets old. I absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing it and reminding us that even the smallest of things help! XOXO

  4. This just made me teary and of course, I'm a sucker for Starfish! How wonderful that your children got to experience her innovation!

    xo Mary Jo
    p.s. thank you for stopping by and wishing tys a happy 5th b-day :)

  5. CJ - be sure to stop by tomorrow for my Sunday Cups of Tea - I had to include this post as the motivational link this week. Thanks again for sharing it with your readers. I hope your weekend is going well. =)