Kids say the darnedest things, and we often overlook the importance of their words. However, the staff at the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks were so touched by the note they received from a young visitor, they just had to share the child’s message.
In the note, which has gained traction on the park’s Facebook page, the young child expresses their sincere sorrow after taking a pine cone from the national park, and apologizes to the staff for doing so:
To whom it may concern:
I took a pine cone out of the forest and wanted to return it. I hope it will be placed near the General Grant tree because that is where I took it.
I am sorry for my decision.
The impact of this child’s apology is quite inspirational, as it helps spread the message that ecosystems all across the world are vulnerable, and we need to do our part to help preserve them.
‘The animals need their nibbles and the area needs the seeds and vegetation,’ park staff commented in their Facebook post. ‘Also, cones and other plants deteriorate and help to create soil in this rocky environment.’ Park staff were very grateful for the return of the cone, which turns out to be that of a Giant Sequoia.
In a world that is constantly under threat of turmoil from human interference, such as deforestation, pollution and hunting, this is a much needed moment of hope for those who want to see a healthy future for our planet.