I was visiting with an older couple this morning.
All of a sudden the man (Bicycle Bob) ran over to the fridge and grabbed a couple of water bottles as he said, “Oh, my guys are coming,” as he heard the Waste Pro truck approaching.
He gave a bottle to each of the young men on the truck. His wife told me that he worked as a garbage man many, many years ago and that he takes water out to the workers almost every time they come.
I know this seems kind of random, but then if you know anything about this blog there are a lot of random moments represented here.
Here’s why I included it today. (Besides the fact that I think it is a really cool thing to do).
I saw Bicycle Bob yesterday.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other so we were catching up on life. I told him that the last time I saw him he did something that impressed me so much that I wrote about it on my blog. I told him that what he did probably didn’t seem like a big deal to him but that it made an impression on me.
I gave him a card with the blog address on it and he just grinned and grinned. He said if he couldn’t figure it out he would get his sons to help him.
And lo, and behold, I can’t find where I ever published this on my blog. It was still in a draft, waiting to be fleshed out.
Back to Bob.
It might seem like a small thing…water bottles to some guys that are “just doing their job’. But, truly, isn’t it a job most of us would avoid, especially in the hot summer months?
But Bicycle Bob knows what it was like to do that job and so he validates his trash collector guys and acknowledges that they are people, not just worker bees. He provides something practical. Cold, fresh water.
Somehow I don’t think Bicycle Bob’s kids or grandkids would be surprised by the kindness of this man.