Have you heard the Starfish Story, by Loren Eisley?
It goes something like this,
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.”
So, it was today, I headed out to the Walnut St Bridge to make a difference for one piece of the Schuylkill River Park on Philly Spring Clean 2012. A partnership between the Street Dept and the Mayor’s office to keep Philly tidy. I really enjoy this particular area and running trail because not only does it lead directly to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but it’s one of the city’s movie locations of the Summer Movie Series. If Philly doesn’t love it’s el fresco dining, they DO love their Summer Movie nights!
Anyway, back to manual labor.
I was placed on Team Mulch with a group of Drexel University kids and we got to work. I think I had the easiest job…..or I could have just REALLY liked what I was doing. I’m mulching….mulching……. ! I was given a rake and gloves.
Here’s my spot: BEFORE
Here’s my spot: After
Okay, so you can’t really tell how amazing it looks from this picture, but I assure you if you run by it looks organized and smells natural.
And as usual, in Philly style….you never know what else you’ll run into, for today, it was a train.
Now, go find your starfish.