By: Devin Riggs, Regular Contributor
I started watching Parks and Recreation about a year ago, right as the sixth season was airing on NBC. It was a quirky show filled with quirky characters. Several marathons on Netflix and lots of waffle parties later, this show has officially entered its final season and I can safely say I have fallen in love with the citizens of Pawnee, Indiana, especially one Leslie Knope.
How do I even begin to explain Leslie Knope?
Leslie Knope is flawless.
She also admits when she messes up. She is honest and up front about every action she takes. You always know what you’re getting with Leslie and you can count on her to take responsibility for the successes and the failures.
She has a waffle iron.
Leslie’s love for waffles and whipped cream is unprecedented. She loves the simple things in life. She gets excited about small moments and big ideas.
I hear her idea binders are insured for $10,000 (at least they should be).
Leslie is brimming with ideas and they are all amazing. She possesses a potential that doesn’t just sit on the sidelines waiting to be called in to play. She jumps in full force, pushing for change at every chance she gets. She is proactive and determined to make the world a better place, one idea binder at a time.
I hear she does random acts of kindness…for herself.
The most important thing I’ve learned from Leslie is how to practice self-love. She takes care of herself just as well as she takes care of her friends. In one scene Leslie leaves a message on her own voicemail saying, “Hey Leslie, it’s Leslie. Hang in there. I love you. Bye.” It’s a simple act that does a world of good. She makes loving yourself look easy, and for me, more possible than ever before.
Her favorite person is Ann Perkins.
Leslie is the most loyal and loving friend. She never shies away from how much she loves people, Ann especially. She builds them up. She supports them. She celebrates them with holidays and anniversaries (including but not limited to Galentine’s Day, Breakfast Day, Mail Day, First Trip to the Zoo Day). She does everything she can to make her friends happy and fulfilled. She is literally the best, best friend you could ever ask for.
One time, she met Joe Biden while in Washington, D.C. And he told her she was doing a great job in her town.
Leslie is a devoted public servant. She fights for her town. She fights for its citizens. She is sincere and trustworthy, which isn’t always synonymous with political figures. She exerts so much energy working for others, it’s nice to see her get recognized for it, especially because she’s adorably star struck when meeting her idols and they praise her.
One time, she made a huge pit into a beautiful park. It was awesome.
Leslie Knope is a shining light of confidence and hope. She loves fiercely. She cares deeply. She works harder than anyone. She fights for what she believes in, never giving up. She does everything she can to make sure every project, every event, every gift, and every day is perfect and wonderful. I am constantly amazed by her complete unabashed passion for life and her openness in sharing it with others. She overflows with love and positivity. And she never apologizes for who she is.
I know she’s just a fictional character on a TV show, but to be honest, the world needs more people like Leslie Knope.
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Devin has a degree in education with a focus in English. She is working to publish her first collection of poetry while also learning the art of patience. Her passions include Doctor Who, penguins, hats and scarves, potatoes, dancing, photography, and making people happy. She believes in the healing powers of music, spending time in the great outdoors, and a good night sleep.