A man was strolling（散步） along the beach when he suddenly noticed from afar（在遠處） what he thought were children dancing. “What on earth are they doing dancing on the beach?”
as he quickly paced towards them. He was surprised that a boy and a girl were not dancing but picking up the starfishes（海星） which were washed ashore（被沖上岸） by the tide and throwing them back into the sea.
“Excuse me, why are you throwing the starfishes back into the sea?” he asked. The children ignored the remark but they continued picking up the starfishes and kept throwing them back into the sea.
“Don"t you think it is a waste of your time as there are hundreds of starfishes still lying around. Surely you can"t keep this act all day long.”
At last the elder boy replied, “Sir, you see the sun would soon rise and the tide will ebb away. Though my sister and I can"t throw all the starfishes back into the sea, we are sure it matters to the ones we succeed in throwing.
Would you like to join us, it would make a difference.” The man smiled and said, “It certainly would,” so he too picked up the starfishes and threw them into the sea.
stroll [str??l] v.閑逛
ebb [eb] v.退(潮)