Santina Muha
March 06, 2013 4:00 am

Evie, the cutest little junior park ranger I’ve ever heard of, accidentally brought two sticks home with her after visiting Yosemite National Park. When she discovered she had done so, she immediately mailed the sticks back with an apology letter. She wrote:

Dear Park Rangers,

I am a Yosemite Junior Ranger. I went to Yosemite recently and accidentally brought home two sticks. I know I’m not supposed to take things from the park, so I am sending them back. Please put them in nature. 

Thank you, Evie

Can we get a collective “awww” going for a little girl with morals and honor?!

Remember those days? When you were young and fresh and innocent? Before the world jaded you, when you would catch fireflies for the fun of it, and then let them go back into the sky to light up another night? Now, most of us don’t think twice before swatting away a flying creature. I mean, I would still never kill a firefly, but a regular fly is getting swatted on my watch. 

And I’ve left the store forgetting to pay for the case of water under the cart and not returned it, so I KNOW I wouldn’t be wasting a stamp to return some twigs. But some people believe all things that are living should be respected, including plants. And maybe those sticks were living with their stick family in Yosemite and this girl just made them the happiest sticks in the world by sending them home. (It is also possible that I sound like a total nature freak weirdo right now, but how will we really ever know…?)

A park ranger wrote back to Evie thanking her for her efforts to preserve nature, and sent her an extra Junior Ranger badge. He also promised to return the sticks back to their natural habitat.

We all get older and our morals change. Of course we don’t all turn into thieves, but I don’t know many adults who would do what little Evie did. Except for Leslie Knope, of course. And little Evie might just be the next best future Parks & Recreation leader this world has ever seen. This may be an extreme act of kindness, but it is a great little reminder to respect our planet, stay true to our beliefs and try to do the right thing, even if it may be a little inconvenient.

Never change, Evie!

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