Garbage Man Waves to Her Every Day — Then, Mom Hears Just How FAR He’s Been Going to See Her

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.

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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 OK, and she said, “Mommy I’m so happy.”

So … to “our favorite awesome smiley garbage man” …


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!”

Kelsey Straeter
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Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.