Honesty is the Best Policy

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Evie’s letter (courtesy of Reddit)

It’s always nice to run across a feel-good story from time to time. And this is a perfect example.

Evie is a junior ranger at Yosemite National Park. During one visit to the gorgeous site, she accidentally returned home with two sticks. And I’m talking about two little twigs, something most people wouldn’t think twice about.

But not Evie.

The young girl immediately penned a letter to Yosemite officials, attached the two sticks and mailed it off. Here’s what her letter said:

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,


Some of you may view this as rather ridiculous. After all, what difference can two missing sticks really make?

Think about it this way: What if everyone who visited the park took a few sticks or pine cones home with them? What would the park look like then?

To me, Evie’s letter, sentiment and out-of-this-world honesty illustrate how special some of our young people are. While others are loading weapons and walking into schools to murder teachers and students, people like Evie are making the world a better place and restoring our collective faith in the youth of today.

And I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Once Park Ranger Matt Holly read the note, he immediately hung it over his desk and it remains there to this day. Even the U.S. Department of Interior tweeted about Evie’s letter: “Cutest.Story.Ever.”

Like the Bureau of Land Management says with regard to humans in nature: Tread lightly and leave no trace.

It’s nice to see someone so young taking this to heart. Way to go, Evie!

Posted on March 1, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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