Why is it that it seems all little boys go through a phase of garbage truck fascination? Is it the size of the trucks? Is it the fact that they are very noisy and pick up big containers and dump the trash into their bodies and crush everything inside? I really don’t remember any little girls that I know showing that much interest in garbage trucks. I know of at least 4 toddler boys right now, my Grandson Hudson included, that are just fascinated when ever they see a garbage truck of any kind. It isn’t that their parents said, “Look at the neat truck!” It is usually the toddler pointing out the garbage truck in a very excited voice and then the parent agreeing that, yes that is a very neat and big garbage truck. I also know that whenever the garbage trucks are making their rounds in the various neighborhoods picking up trash or recycling that the drivers are usually very sweet and patient and wave to the little guys as they are doing their jobs. I know that the boys can hear the sound of the garbage truck coming way before I do. It’s like they have super, human hearing for the sounds of the rumbling engine, the loud brakes and the part of the truck that rises in the air to dump all the debris into the trucks body. They get as excited over the garbage trucks as I used to over the neighborhood ice cream man or the Helm’s Bakery Donut truck that drove around our neighborhood when I was little.
Well, being the doting grandparents that Kevin and I are, for Hudson’s second birthday we decided that we would (with the help of our friend Dee) search for and get every possible garbage truck for Hudson that we could. Kevin even contacted a work associate at Waste Management to see if they had any of the actual trucks for sale. She came through with flying colors! She brought him a scale replica die cast of a real Waste Management garbage truck. This is one of Hudson’s favorites. It is very special as it is recommended for children 14 and over so Hudson only gets to play with it when Daddy and he can play together, but how excited he is when he does get to play. He loves putting the little dumpster on the arms that raise up to dump into the body. He also loves throwing away “trash” in the back end of the truck. Hudson calls them his “Dabage Trucks” as anything that starts with a “G” right now comes out sounding like a “D”. Hudson and Daddy can spend hours just driving their “Dabage Trucks” around the town on the Home Depot rug that Auntie Mel got Hudson for his birthday. Sometimes the “Dabage Truck” stops for ice cream at the ice cream shop and sometimes they stop for hot dogs at the hot dog stand. Garbage, ice cream and hot dogs. What more could a boy ask for?