Not all childhood heroes wear capes and drive a supercar. For 3-year-old girl, Brooklyn, her childhood hero is her neighborhood garbage collector. She shows what it means to appreciate the people around us.
Based in Bloomington, Illinois, Traci Andracke and her daughter, Brooklyn would wait for their garbage collector every Thursday.
Delvar Dopson, the garbage collector makes his round and sees little Brooklyn on his every visit, waving and smiling to him from her garden and Dopson would wave back.
Every week, Dopson would take time out of his day to spend with her and they would play games, dance, and other activities. For a year, it became the family’s tradition to meet Dopson weekly.
On Brooklyn’s birthday, she wanted to prepare something special to greet him on her birthday.
Little Brooklyn wakes up with great anticipation to finally meet her hero on her own special day.
Knowing how her child admires Dopson, Traci prepared birthday cupcakes for Brooklyn to give it to him.
Andracke shared the moment, “We were waving like usual, and I motioned for him to come over by us. He pulled over, got out and gave us his BIG smile. Brooklyn was speechless as she handed him the cupcake.”
Dopson was touched by Brooklyn’s kind gesture as well.
He decided to repay the gesture on his own birthday and surprised Brooklyn her brother, Ty, with cupcakes and presents for the children.
This tradition kept on for 3 years until Dopson has to leave for another career opportunity.
It was such a memorable friendship for little Brooklyn and Dopson. We hope that they get to meet each other again!
Here is the video of Brooklyn’s special day and how special it meant to her and Dopson.
Video credit: Nutella