Little Brooklyn Andracke has a best friend, but it’s not who you think. She sees him every week, greeting him with a wave and a big smile as he passes her home. Unlike most friends, however, Brooklyn never really got to know her BFF.
But after one fateful morning, the little girl finally met face-to-face with her unlikely pal, and it was just as special as she imagined.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.’” [Later, they learned his name was Delvar Dopson.]
“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!”
Sweet little Brooklyn and Delvar can teach us all an important lesson about kindness and respect. So the next time you see your local garbage truck, give them a wave!
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