While walking along a beach at dawn, an old man saw a boy
picking starfish up off the sand and throwing them back
into the sea. He caught up with the boy and asked him what
he was doing.
The boy replied that the starfish would die if left
exposed on the sand after sunrise.
"But this beach goes on for miles," the old man said.
"There must be thousands of starfish stranded on the sand.
What difference will it make to save just a few?"
The boy looked at the starfish he was holding in his hand,
then threw it onto the surf.
"Well, for that starfish it makes a big difference."
-First published in BINGWA Magazine Issue 16 2016