Saturday, November 23, 2013

Day 997

A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.

“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks.

“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.”

“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”

The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”

Educators hear that story quite often.

But right now I feel like it is written for my personal life. I never imagined this picture thing would be anything but a way for me to document my life. But hearing from you is leading me to the realization that what I'm doing here is bigger than myself. Over the last few days the comments, emails, and phone calls I've gotten from you has left my heart full.

Thank you.

And to top it off, kiddo was home today and wanted her momma to show her how to make cinnamon rolls. It's nice to feel needed. Boy, she has tiny fingers.


  1. Cinnamon rolls, oh boy! It has been ages since I have been able to make and enjoy these. Instant comfort! My husband has celiac disease, and I have not been able to perfect making them. If I did what is in your photo with gluten free flours, there would be one big globby mess all over the hands. For 7 years, I have tried to make them, with no luck. Everything else, ER, piecrusts, either, I have been able to make for him. Just thinking of cinnamon rolls out of the oven makes me wistful. Hope your daughter is able to enjoy making them. Thanks for sharing. When you share, you enlarge what you share and yourself. Thanks.

  2. Loved your star fish story! ~Lisa