My younger daughter and her family were here recently for a visit. My grandson, who is a BIG fan of all things garbage truck-ish, heard some commotion in the alley early one morning as he, his sister and I were getting ready to go out for an early assault on a stack of pancakes. Well, when we emerged into the alley behind my house to discover that the garbage truck (a rear loader, I was told by the very informed grandson), was actually picking up the trash, well.....it was very exciting.
It turns out that the gentleman who was operating the garbage truck, and all it's levers and controls, is a most pleasant man. He took a liking to my grandson (who was jumping up and down and shrieking, "Look, Gramma Gramma, it's the garbage collector! Look at beautiful his truck!").
My granddaughter, the big sister of the garbage truck aficionado, was interested in the levers and such when the garbage man actually let them operate the mechanism that compacts the trash! They both got a turn. (I was rather envious as I would have liked a turn, but decided not to push it.)
Then they were invited to climb up into the cab and sit behind the wheel of the truck!
It was so cool. Can you imagine the delight for a 4-year-old garbage truck lover to be able to operate a real garbage truck and to sit in the cab??!? Let me tell you, judging by the the squealing and hand clapping, it was a most big deal.
I would very much like to thank the extremely nice Mr. Nicholson from Sound Disposal in Edmonds for giving my grandchildren a real thrill. That man has a very big heart, bless him.