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Driving little friendships

Posted by Pepper on February 19, 2021

Cotton and Candy have always been in awe of garbage trucks, more appropriately called waste collection vehicles. They watch in admiration as the trucks come, stick out their robotic arms, lift up our bins, tip them in and place them back on the curb. On the days of our weekly pick up, watching this process is probably the most exciting part of their day.

They are regulars who run out to the curb the moment they hear the whirring of the truck. Cotton and Candy then wave excitedly and say hi to the driver, all along jumping in the air and waving their arms wildly. By now, we recognize the driver and he recognizes them. He gives them a big grin and waves back. I can’t put in words how happy this makes them and they go about telling everybody that they are friends with the garbage truck driver. Really, a warm smile and a wave is all it takes for the driver to be marked as a friend in their little heads.

Yesterday, I saw Candy drawing something on paper. She said it was a flower pot. Err, that drawing looked nothing like a pot, but okay. She then told me she was drawing it fast so that she could show it to the driver and wanted to finish it before he arrived. That warmed my heart. She truly considers that driver to be her friend and it was her way of letting him know.

As usual, I couldn’t capture the moments on camera clearly, but this time I did manage to take some rickety pictures. The first one is Candy running to show her drawing to the driver. The second one is Cotton and Candy watching the truck as it rolls by. They wait until every bin on our street has been emptied.

I can’t help but ponder over how easy it is for kids to label somebody as their ‘friend’. I don’t know at what stage we unlearn this. For now, I am glad I get to witness this friendship between my kids and a kind driver who waves at them as he goes about his job of emptying our bins of trash.

20 Responses to “Driving little friendships”

  1. Prachee said

    That’s so cute of them.
    We learn so many things from kids. πŸ˜‡

  2. Visha said

    How sweet of your babies ❀️ May they keep spreading joy to one and all
    In our side of the world they come at 5 in the morning to pick the bins, it’s the perfect alarm πŸ˜†

    • Pepper said

      Haha, out of the 3 trucks that come to pick up different bins (recycle, compost, trash) we have one that comes at 6 am too. For obvious reasons, we don’t know that driver at all.

  3. This one warmed my heart❀️

  4. Awwww….those pictures brought tears to my eyes. Oh, to be pure and innocent as they are. Just hold on to these memories in for life, Pepper.
    What did the driver say about her drawing?

    • Pepper said

      Honestly, seeing that incident was making me tear up too. Sentimental fools that we are. But kids are just so very pure, you can’t help but feel touched. I am really glad I am blogging these days. I have missed out writing about many such moments in the first 2-3 years of their life..Hopefully I will keep coming back here to record these parts of our life now

      The driver gave her a thumbs up and a big smile and it was enough to make her keep talking about it all day πŸ™‚

  5. Laila said

    That’s the sweetest post ever… warmed my heart πŸ™‚

  6. Bhavani said

    Awwww so cute and heartwarming … when my kids were in preschool/day care , friday mornings were super exciting for the teachers and the kids… they would allow the kids to run to the grilled gate from where they could see the trucks as soon as they hear it from a distance…the excitement was totally priceless.
    Cut to present, my daughter’s desk at home is overlooking our court by the window and she waits for it and texts her friends that she saw the truck every friday…i call her loosu ponnu πŸ™‚
    And call me old but the first thing I notice in the pics is, where is their socks, are they not cold !!!!!!!!

    • Pepper said

      Your daughter still feels the excitement? How adorable! Btw, how old are your kids now, Bhavani?

      They usually dont wear socks at home and run out for a minute when they hear the truck, but it’s awful that they choose to remain bare feet even while playing in the backyard. I am always worried that it is too cold but they dont want to wear shoes/slippers. Not only does it get too cold, they also end up with filthy feet. I have given up.

      • Bhavani said

        Yeah my son who is 11 still has his fav blankie from when he was a baby and I am not kidding cannot live without it. My girl who is 14 is a typical newly minted teenager but has these sweet moments too πŸ™‚ getting excited for small things. I am enjoying them staying home and having fun conversations and being a judge to their fights while all this lasts.
        Enjoy these innocent and exciting times before they grow up too fast for our liking πŸ™‚

        • Pepper said

          I can totally see Candy holding on to her blanket even when she is 20.. it’s her security blanket.

          So cute to hear about your kids! Can’t believe they are 14 and 11. Wow. It’s really scary how fast they grow up.. But glad you are enjoying these moments too!

          I feel even more need to hold on to this time because they will both leave for college at the same time and I wonder how that will feel..

  7. Such a sweet post 😊 Yup, kids teach us a lot ! May their sweetness stay with them as long as it could and may we learn from them as much as we could !!

  8. Betty said

    I have been following your blog since few years …. love the way you express your words …. πŸ™‚
    Your kids are a blessing … !!! πŸ™‚

  9. Pepperrrrr! I am so happy to read your post after years (literally for me)!πŸ˜„You made me go Awwww and think, really think….when did I stop making friends so simply. Infact when did my Sunshine stop doing that? More importantly- Why? Hmmmmmm.
    Big warm hug to Cotton and CandyπŸ€—
    So good to have you back. YayyyyyyπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

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