Find a Fallen Star



After a restless night of sleep (both twins kept me up), I snuck out to the beach to clear my head, improve my mood and re-energize myself for the day ahead.

I was hopeful that I beat the person who’s job it is to sweep the beach, not with a broom like they did in South Africa, but a tractor!


I was on the hunt for a really special shell. I had seen fragments of it the day before- large, orange and pink, grooved.

Although it was relatively early, I noticed more and more people walking along the beach. Some getting their exercise, others like me on the hunt. I upped my pace and overtook a couple of ladies that were clearly looking. A feeling came over me, that I was too late, all the fresh morning treasures scooped up by those faces walking by or bending down.

I noticed a girl pause up ahead, and look at a patch of shells, mostly shards. I decided to slow my pace and consider my surroundings a little closer. I wanted there to be a treasure waiting just for me.

And there it lay.

It surprised me.

It wasn’t what I had been looking for but it was the most welcome surprise – a magnificent star fish as big as my hand. It was black and soft so I figured it was still alive. I snapped a photo, turned it over and saw the brightness it had to offer me.

Fallen Star

Amazing Beauty

Never having come across one before I was debating whether it was alive or dead (but wet and soft from the surf). It was in that moment I decided I had to act fast and toss it back into the water, just in case it would survive.  An older gentleman stopped and admired the find. I wavered then, knowing how lucky I was to have found this star fish, how exciting it would be to show my twins.

I picked up the pace, raised my arm and tossed it back into the surf.


Today I was given a treasure. I was given a choice. Even though I badly wanted my prize, I had to honor the life that was possibly still flowing  through this amazing creature. And knowing that someone else could walk home with the prize, I still walked back and hoped it lived.

My prize was waiting for me at home, and I had a great photo I couldn’t wait to show them.


Have you ever been looking for something in your life but something better showed up instead? Or surprise yourself by a hard choice you made?

Here is a sign I happened to notice at the start of my walk – I can’t help but think I saw this sign and took note even though I had walked past it a dozen times before…

Read the Shell Point...

About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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15 Responses to Find a Fallen Star

  1. Sista says:

    What a wonderful treasure you found. It certainly did look alive, otherwise it would of been dried out, and white along the brown section, glad you threw it back. The boys must be having a ball, I’d say ALL the family are. There never is a dull moment when we all get together. Which makes me very sad that I’m not there, but am very grateful for my treasures – photos and updates of the activities via my iPhone. Thank you and love to all x

  2. What a wonderful find! I’m so glad you threw it back =)

  3. Pamela says:

    Hey there Leigh! that is awesome that you were able to find those! Beautiful!

  4. Ohhhh Leigh… This is beautiful. There’s a precious story about starfish that touched our hearts as we adopted Ellie. I’ll email you.

  5. OUPA says:

    Looks alive to me. Very fresh. Well done.

  6. susan says:

    What an AMAZING post! I feel like I was there.
    And you SO made the right decision. Unbelievably beautiful!

  7. Jenny says:

    That is exciting! I’ve seen them alive in the water when I’ve been tidepooling, but never when they’ve been washed ashore.

  8. That’s so beautiful, i.e., to walk along the beach in search of treasure. Beaches are a treasure and nary a summer goes by that I don’t get some sand between my toes. I miss fishing at the Santa Cruz pier and just plain enjoying the ocean. What a wonderful thing it is to share that beauty with your twins for twice the appreciation of God’s beauty. Thanks for reminding me about simple pleasures.

  9. Christy says:

    I miss living close to the beach, I loved going out there to walk around and look for awesome prizes. We were in Mexico a few years ago got to see some huge star fish. They are amazing looking. Kudos for giving that lucky star fish a chance to live again. :)

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