JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT/CNN) — Lots of little kids love to play with dump trucks, but one little Mississippi boy took it a step further. He loved watching garbage trucks so much, he's gotten to know the men who take out the trash on his own street.
Their unexpected bond will warm your heart.
Tuesdays on Rosemont Street, in Jackson, Mississippi, are a big deal for 3-year-old Kyler.
"It started one day. We were coming down through here and his grandmama had on an Alabama sweatshirt and I just told her Roll Tide," Clinton Waste Management worker Clarence Weathersby recalled.
The Alabama greeting sparked something between the family. A bond that young Kyler would warm up to and would later come to look forward to each week.
"He started waving at the guys and they started waving back," Kyler's grandmother Kathleen Reynolds remembered. "Then around Halloween and Christmas we made treats for them."
"Yeah, we made treats and we took them out to them and they just loved them and then they started picking Kyler up and he started learning how to operate the garbage truck," she continued.
Not only does Kyler help bring out the trash on Tuesday mornings, but he also waits with snacks for his garbage pick-up friends. He will also lend them a hand with the trash by getting into the truck.
Last week, Kyler celebrated a birthday. So, of course, Weathersby - who Kyler calls Bug Bug - and a sweet surprise for his best helper.
"Bug-Bug just treats him super special, he picks him up like it's a little brother thing so it's great, it's great to see the interaction between them," Reynolds says.
"You know, Kyler doesn't see the color and Bug-bug doesn't see his color they're just friends, you know, and they just know love and they know kindness and that's the great thing about this," she adds.