It's a good thing to teach your kids that stealing is wrong. Definitely a lesson we are not supposed to skip as parents. Let your conscience be your guide, and all that jazz. But there's stealing, and then there's accidentally taking something that doesn't belong to you. Stop rolling your eyes, it happens!
Like, say, when your kid grabs another kid's jacket without realizing it because that kid's mom got it at the same GAP sale where you got your kid's jacket, or whatever. These accidentally lifted items should of course be delivered to their rightful owners (with a polite apology).
However, what if the accidentally lifted items are ... sticks? And the rightful owner is ... Yosemite National Park?
Apparently, the same etiquette applies for sticks. And then some! If the handwritten letter a Yosemite park ranger recently received is any indication, that is:
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.
Awww. The park ranger was so charmed by the letter that he posted it on Reddit, and now tons of other people are equally charmed. It is pretty dang cute. Although I can't help but worry that she might have a bit of an unhealthy guilt complex ... for a little kid. I mean, I hope she's not lying awake at night beating herself up over taking those sticks. They're just sticks, sweetie!! You're not gonna get in trouble!
Has your kid ever taken something by accident and felt really guilty about it?
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