WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- This time of year is about giving thanks and showing appreciation for the little things in life. For one Wilmington boy, his universe revolves around trash day, which means the world to one special person.
Every morning starts the same on Okeechobee Road. Four-year-old Davis Simpson wakes up, eats his breakfast and plays with his pal Winston.
"Winny, you're my best boy," Davis said as he hugged the dog.
But Thursday mornings are extra special in the Simpson household for a reason many take for granted.
"Thursday is our trash pick-up day," mom Jennifer Simpson said.
Davis has looked forward to trash day for as long as his mom can remember.
"He started running down the driveway, and Winston would join him," Jennifer said. "Davis, some days, I'm sure has been in his pajamas."
Far too young to drive one of the trucks himself, Davis saved up change to buy one of his own. And two weeks ago, one of the trash men, John Robinson, surprised him with an unexpected gift: toys and a note to let him know he is the highlight of their Thursday mornings.
"We will have that note forever, and it was so nice to know that someone remembered Davis," Jennifer said.
This week, Davis had a special letter of his own for Mr. John. He patiently waited for the rumbling of the truck; running with Winston for the street when the truck comes.
It was the moment Davis had waited a week for and his turn to show his appreciation with his note.
"A child like that that hasn't been affected by a lot of the prejudices and the things we have going on in today's world," Robinson said. "Kind of makes you feel very special and shows a lot of gratitude for the work that we do."
This week Mr. John had another treat for Davis: a Waste Industries hat.
"It's really rewarding for us to be able to give back to him," Robinson said.
An unlikely friendship that all started as garbage.
Davis is currently in preschool, so he has time in the morning to see the trash men. Next year when he goes to kindergarten, Mom says they'll have to leave for school before the trash men come, but she says the family will find a way for davis to see his heroes off.