A little girl named Brooklyn in Bloomington, Ill., wanted to start her birthday right by sharing it with one of the people who make her days brighter: Delvar Dopson, her favorite garbage man. So that's exactly what Brooklyn did.
A post on the city's Facebook page by the girl's mother, Traci Andracke, tells the story.
"For about a year now, she has anxiously awaited the garbage truck's arrival at our house."
"It started with waving from the window," the post continues, "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."
"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, Im so happy.' "
A week later, Brooklyn had another reason to be happy to see Dopson: he brought her some wonderfully unexpected birthday presents.
(H/T: Scary Mommy)