For many of us, trash days can be a habitual part of our life we don't give a second thought to or, at their worst, a nuisance (why am I always stuck behind a garbage truck in a one-lane road?!).
But for one garbage man and a toddler, trash days mean something else entirely. The duo's friendship story is sure to make anyone who's down in the dumps smile.
For about a year, 3-year-old Brooklyn Andracke from Bloomington, Ill., has looked forward to Thursdays. Every week, when she sees Delvar Dopson roll through the street in his garbage truck, she would wave at him and he would honk and wave back with a big smile.
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On her birthday this month, Brooklyn finally got to meet Dopson.
"Brooklyn and I wrapped up one of her birthday cupcakes and waited for him," Brooklyn's mom Traci Andracke wrote in a viral Facebook post. "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."
Turns out, Dopson also looked forward to seeing Brooklyn wave every week, so much so that he tries to get out of his Thursday morning meetings early so that he could see them before they left to daycare.
This time, once Brooklyn was in the car to daycare, Andracke noticed her daughter was unusually quiet. When she asked her if she was OK, Brooklyn said, "Mommy, I'm so happy."
Cue heart melt.
But wait, the story gets even better.
The following week when Dopson returned, Brooklyn had made a "THANK YOU DELVAR" sign for the garbageman. When he pulled up to the house, he greeted Brooklyn with a huge hug and thanked her for the cupcake. Then he went around to the other side of the truck and pulled out a belated birthday present for the 3-year-old.
Hearing that Brooklyn liked the movie "Frozen," he gave her a gift basket his wife made with everything "Frozen," plus a fun "Frozen" art set.
"I know Brooklyn is so excited to see Delvar and his truck every week, but his kindness towards her has touched my heart in a way I can’t describe," wrote Andracke.
OK, now cue heart melt.