It’s beautiful how fi-ercely children love and care for other people with no prejudice for their skin color, religion, or job. Little ones don’t care if you are a janitor or a garbage man, as long as you treat them nicely and greet them with a big smile.
Brooklyn, from Bloomington, Illinois, had always been enchanted by Delvar Deshawn Dopson — the garbage collector who works in the area where she lives. For more than a year, the little girl would patiently wait for Delvar every Thursday morning. The days when Delvar was around quickly became Brooklyn’s favorite. It started with waving from the window but, soon after, the girl wanted to be outside to greet the man properly. When Brooklyn and her mom, Traci Andracke, missed the truck, they would drive around the neighborhood until she could wave at him..
What made the encounters extra special was Delvar’s big smile whenever he saw the mother and daughter waiting for him in front of their house.
After waving from afar for so long, Brooklyn finally got to meet Delvar for her birthday, and what a special day it was.
Traci was so grateful that she even sent a comment to Bloomington’s Facebook page to share this beautiful story.
On the morning of her birthday, Brooklyn told her mom that she wanted to share one of her cupcakes with her favorite garbage man, and Traci complied without hesitation.
“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,” Traci wrote. “He pulled over, got out and gave us his BIG smile. Brooklyn was instantly speechless as she handed him the cupcake.”
Traci explained Delvar that he made their Thursdays, and how special it was for Brooklyn to see his smile while he waved back at them.
To her surprise, the garbage collector shared 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,” she continued. “He said he doesn’t have any kids of his own, but he mentors several children and just loves them.”
After the encounter, Traci noticed that Brooklyn was being very quiet, and decided to ask her if everything was ok. The sweet girl just smiled at her mom and answered, “Mommy, I am so happy.”
Touched by the girl’s kind gesture, Delvar made up his mind to surprise her in return.
Six months later, on his birthday, Delvar arrived with cupcakes and presents for Brooklyn and her brother, Ty. The children also got a baseball tee and a doll respectively.
The tradition is still going strong, and Traci never fails to mention how special Delvar is for Brooklyn and her family.
“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,” Traci concluded.
“It may be a little thing that you do, but it means so much to us!”
It’s surprising how such a small gesture can have such a big effect. It goes to show that just a smile can go a long way in someone’s life.