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Toddler’s fascination with the neighborhood sanitation worker makes for the sweetest friendship

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The most unlike friendships are at the same time the most beautiful ones. A sweet 2-year-old boy named Deacon Ross made friends with the garbage collector Oladele Olurunrinu, known as O’Dee.

O’Dee picks up the trash from the Ross family every Friday, and the toddler is eagerly waiting for each encounter with his favorite friend.

“He’s really just struck up this friendship with O’Dee. Looks forward to Fridays,” Deacon’s mom, Summer, told WFAA ABC 8. “I think this is Deacon’s first friend [where] he really understands what friendship is.”
When someone asks Deacon who his best pal is, he’s screaming: “Oooooo Deee.” In fact, he loves being around O’Dee so much that he wants his future brother to be called like that.
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O’Dee would see Deacon waiting for him in front of his Texas home, but he had no idea just how much the little guy was fascinated with him. “I didn’t know, but I can see it,” he said.

Unfortunately, the Ross family is soon moving to a bigger house and that means Deacon and O’Dee won’t be seeing each other.

“O’Dee! Him coming! Him coming, him coming. Collect our garbage!” Deacon said when he saw his friend for the last time.

In order to express her gratitude to O’Dee, Susan decided to throw a goodbye party. She prepared bags with gifts and candies for O’Dee and his colleagues and Deacon couldn’t wait to give them to them.

The two friends had some fun time for the last time and O’Dee said he will miss the Ross children so very much.

“I was teary the whole time,” Summer said. “Just trying to relish the moment.”

One person who stumbled upon this uplifting story and who works as a waste management driver took the time to comment. “As a driver for Waste Management, I can tell you from personal experience this is the highlight of my day when the little ones come out and talk to us, watch the truck, give us water, snacks. I love being able to light up their day with the air horn, or letting them watch the truck ‘eat the trash’ as they say,” he wrote.

You can take a look at the whole story in the video below. Cute beyond words!

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