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Toddler waits outside for garbage man bestie to give him a sweet farewell party
2-year-old Deacon shares a special bond with his local garbage man.
Sasha Alonzo
10.27.22

When a child is young they are highly impressionable. They look up to everyone, whether it be their parents, teachers, police officers, or superheroes on TV. But one two-year-old has a very special role model – it’s his family’s garbage collector.

Deacon Ross is an adorable toddler from East Dallas, Texas.

His best friend is O’Dee, a garbage man who comes by their house every Friday.

The two have become such good pals, and the little boy loves seeing him. However, the video shows their farewell as the Ross family moves to a bigger house.

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A gentle soul

We all know that children are friendly, kind, and selfless. They see good in everybody. We bring you a story of a hard-working man who hardly holds back his tears upon seeing how much he means to a kid he befriended. It’s a beyond beautiful friendship we would all love to have.

Deacon’s face lights up as soon as he sees O’Dee’s truck.

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Bursting with excitement

According to the little boy’s mom, Deacon can’t hide his excitement when the Friday comes. No, it’s not because the weekend is around the corner. It’s because the garbage truck is around the corner, making its way to the Ross’ street. Local garbage man O’Dee always stops by Deacon’s house. They fist bump and have a little chat.

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O’Dee is Deacon’s first friend, and that’s why he’s so close to him.

The sanitation worker has undoubtedly made a great impression on the kiddo because Deacon patiently waits for him every Friday. However, the video features a little party, the one to say goodbye.

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A big move

Life was changing for Deacon’s family.

Because Deacon is about to become a big brother, the family bought a bigger home, and they have to move away. The little gentleman already has an older sibling, and the third baby led them to a house outside O’Dee’s garbage route.

As always, Deacon greets O’Dee and jumps into his arms. Please, take a look at the adorable moment when the toddler sees O’Dee. The way he happily waves his tiny arms in the air is precious.

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Too young to understand

Summer told WFAA:

“I don’t think he really understands that this could be the last time that he sees O’Dee.”

Well, he probably doesn’t. We surely hope that Deacon and O’Dee will meet again in the future. Such friendship shouldn’t come to an end.

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Oladele Olurunrinu will miss Deacon, too.

O’Dee’s name is Oladele, and he said that he wasn’t aware of how much the boy enjoyed his company. He simply loved chatting with Deacon, but the boy’s affection grew enormously. “I’m going to miss him,” said O’Dee.

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Saying goodbye

Deacon’s mom prepared a basket full of goodies and gifts. He handed it to his friend, and they said goodbye to each other.

The toddler’s parents are even considering naming their new bundle of joy O’Dee.

“He’s already picked out a name,” said Deacon’s mom, referring to her son’s constant mentioning of the name O’Dee. Summer and her husband were thinking of naming their newborn O’Dee, in honor of Deacon’s first friend.

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Loved by the whole family

You can tell that Deacon is growing up in a caring family, full of love for everyone. We are proud of Summer for cherishing her son’s first friendship. The family’s kind gesture deeply moved O’Dee.

Watch the video below to see the adorable duo interacting and saying bye. They’re just so sweet!

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By Sasha Alonzo
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Sasha Alonzo is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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