It happens every Tuesday morning. We keep a careful ear open. Listening. Waiting. Ready to spring at the slightest hint that he might be coming. That it might be time. The kids get so upset if they miss it. They can’t miss it. They wait all week.
Rarely do I get to see the kids more excited than Tuesday morning when he makes his way down the road. They hear him coming and take off for the front door in a screaming panic. They rush out to the front walk in their jammies and bare feet. Ears are pricked. Straining. Listening. Eyes darting back and forth. “Is he coming?” “Is he here.” they squeal!
Then they see it. The big grungy beast turns the corner and lumbers down the road. “He’s here!” The excitement in their squeals is palpable. He stops in front of our house. They hold their breath. The air is thick with anticipation. They are about to burst.
Then it happens. The beast’s arm drops and the hand wraps around it’s quarry. With a thundering rumble it lifts it’s catch and dumps the contents down inside of itself.
The tension breaks. The kids erupt! They scream! They cheer! They wave their arms and jump around. The garbage man is finally here!
Yes, the Garbage Man. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it myself, but my kids go positively nuts when the garbage man arrives. He surely thinks my kids are utterly neglected if the best part of their week is watching the garbage truck pick up their trash, but he is a good sport. He waves. He honks. He roars the engine.
Oh, to be a child and marvel in things the rest of us take for granted and look down upon.
To see young kids so excited over such a thing may not seem too terribly strange, but I have to wonder what Mr. Garbage Man thinks about Daddy standing there taking pictures of him dumping the trash. He probably thinks we are all a bunch of fruitcakes.
P.S. The garbage man came a little later this time and the kids were already dressed and outside playing. No jammies in these pictures.
P.P.S Notice how the pictures in this post Tell The Story. The first pictures show kids in obvious anticipation of something. The second set shows kids so excited to see the garbage man.
What crazy things set your kids off? Let me know in the comments. I love to know you stopped by.