When the whole "ra-ra" of the election was going on and everyone was going crazy about Joe the Plumber, Jason said "Its too bad there aren't more people in this world like our Garbage Man." If you asked Jadon I think he would say one of the things he is thankful for is his buddy. So here is my special ode to Javier....We are very thankful for the time you take out of your day to make our little guy's day special!
Shortly after Jadon's 1st birthday he developed a total obsession with all trucks, especially the garbage truck. We are lucky that the garbage man comes to our house on Wednesdays and Saturdays...double the fun! So in the mornings we would wait for the roar of the truck to come down the street and watch as the trash can was lifted into the big truck. Life at our house stops when the garbage man is coming, breakfast stops, playtime stops...the world is put on hold for this moment! We can always tell when its our "buddy" coming down the street b/c of his bright yellow shirt!
Sometimes we make our buddy cookies or muffins, a cupcake from Jadon's 2nd birthday.... Somedays Javier stops to say hello, somedays its just a few waves and a thumbs-up. The pictures below are from a funny day when Jadon couldn't stop to put pants on to see his buddy (check out the Route 66 underwear!) We've gotten to know Javier and even when it is dark outside or early, he would always beep his horn for Jadon. Then, he pretty much taught Jadon how to do "thumbs-up" and that is their special way of saying hello.
The bad thing is that sometimes we have a different garbage man, a not so friendly guy who doesn't wave and doesn't even acknowledge this waving maniac in the driveway. It makes Jadon sad and of course when his whole day is ruined and he says "It wasn't my buddy...." it pretty much crushes our day too. But recently, we're bringing that not so friendly guy around and sometimes he looks our way or does a little wave. Jadon's learned that he is a "different buddy" and the day can go on... Phew!!! Tomorrow is garbage day and I'm hoping that Javier will be coming down the street before we leave for Havasu so we can give him a card and a small gift to let him know how thankful we are for him!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!