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We marked our son’s 5th birthday this week.

While we couldn’t give him the stars or the moon or for that matter a real monster truck or spaceship; we felt deeply gratified when we chanced upon this starfish on his birthday.

Small, elegant and perfectly designed by nature, we returned it to the Gulf waters as the sun set.

The best gifts in life are truly the ones we get for free: an unexpected visit from a loved one; forgiveness; a starfish at sunset in a quiet beach.

Happy Birthday Ryder!

August 11, 2010