You know the one, O My Bastards: Loren Eisley’s The Star Thrower, aka That Starfish Story International A’Parents Put On Their Blogs. I’m retelling it to fit:
The Spiky Urchin Thrower
One day a man was walking along a beach when he noticed a boy pick something up and drop it in a bucket of water. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The youth replied, “Saving the spiky urchins.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t put them in nice clean water, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “that animal can’t get used to a bucket, and I bet you don’t know what to feed it. Don’t you think it would be better to put it back in the ocean where it belongs?”
The boy bent down, picked up another urchin, and dropped it into his bucket of fresh, chlorinated tap water. “It belongs here. Everything needs nice clean water.” Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I’ll honor its ocean in my home daily and take it to sea camp.”
NOW it’s about international adoption.