SPOKANE, Wash. -- When it comes to little kids and what excites them, some things just can't be explained. One little boy in Washington gets up extra early to wait for the garbage man.
Monday mornings tend to be quiet in north Spokane. Streets are clear, front yards empty; a city silence that lingers until the garbage man arrives.
Loren McDeid took the unglamorous gig 22 years ago. Since then, he's followed the same simple routine week after week, trashcan after trashcan. But these mundane motions suddenly seem special, because of what awaits at the corner of Crestline and Glass.
“He's always kind of the highlight of my week,” said McDeid about a two-year-old boy named Brody Harkness.
At the Harkness household, Monday mornings mean one thing.
“Garbage day, garbage day,” shouts Brody.
Two-year-old Brody gets to grandma's two hours early just for this.
“And this is what we do. We wait,” said Brody’s grandma.
All to catch a glimpse of their garbage man in action. In fact, Brody might be the first kid to give a trash truck a standing ovation.
“It just cracks me up, chasing a stinky garbage truck,” said Brody’s grandma about her grandson.
Don't ask grandma to explain all of this, because she says she can't.
“I really have no idea,” she said.
All she knows, is this tradition is about to end.
“It's sad, it is sad,” she said. “Next Monday I go back to work.”
So it's time for Brody to say goodbye to his garbage man. Luckily the little guy probably won't process all of this. But everyone else will, and for those who know Brody, garbage day may never be the same.