We can never be certain why children get excited about some things in life…usually, they are things that adults don’t find nearly as exhilarating. Going through the car wash (this “rainbow tunnel” cost me $14, kid), getting takeout, or even just driving over a larger-than-usual bridge can make a kid’s day. So when her daughter started getting excited when the garbage truck came through the neighborhood, one mom didn’t even question it. It was just one of those regular things that kids get overly excited about…but this time, it was even MORE exciting!
HOLY COW… BEST MORNING EVER for Brooklyn (and me). What a start to her birthday.
Thursdays are by far her favorite day… garbage day. For about a year now, she has anxiously awaited the garbage truck’s arrival at our house. It started with waving from the window, then we had to try and be outside to wave, and when we missed the truck driving by the house, I’d drive around the neighborhood to find the garbage truck and wave… on our way out the door in the mornings. Every… Thursday, my heart is full when I see the joy that our amazing garbage man brings Brooklyn when he honks and waves at her with a BIG smile.
And today, we finally got to meet him!!! Brooklyn and I wrapped up one of her birthday cupcakes and waited for him. When he came down our street, she ran to the corner. We were waving like usual and I motioned for him to come over by us. He pulled over, got out and gave us his BIG smile. Brooklyn was instantly speechless as she handed him the cupcake. I explained to him that he makes our day every Thursday, and we really appreciate the honking and waving, and how special of a day it is for us.
Then… (melt my heart)… he explained that he looks forward to seeing us every Thursday as well. He said that he has a meeting every Thursday morning and always tries to get out of there in a hurry so that he can make sure to see us every week. He said he doesn’t have any kids of his own, but he mentors several children and just loves them. I can’t believe that I never got his name, so for now he will continue to be “our favorite awesome smiley garbage man”.
After he left, we continued onto daycare. Brooklyn was unusually quiet in the backseat. I asked her if she was okay, and she said “Mommy, I’m so happy.”
So… to “our favorite awesome smiley garbage man”…
THANK YOU!!! Thank you for the joy that you bring Brooklyn every Thursday morning, for making her birthday special, and for making my heart happy. It may be a little thing that you do, but it means so much to us!
You can never really be sure who a kid will choose to look up to. What was it about the large, rumbling garbage truck and the smiling, waving garbage man that had little Brooklyn so excited every Thursday? They may never have a real answer, but the smile on her face is good enough for now. How perfectly sweet. Not many of us get to meet our heroes…but she got to take a picture with hers!