VIDEO: Two-year-old boy befriends local garbage man

PLANO, TX (KRON/CNN)—Mondays aren’t so bad for one Texas garbage man who has developed a unique friendship over the past year-and-a-half.

From our partnership with CNN, Yona Gavino has the story.

Every Monday, like clockwork, 2-year-old Lance gets ready for trash day.

He wheeled his mini recycling bin to the curb, dressed as his buddy, James the trash man.

He waits with a quiet smile, as the familiar rumble and squeak.

It’s a unique friendship first formed last July, when the Rufus family moved in.

Now with four years on the job, James has a new sidekick.

“It’s like, he’s eating breakfast, he hears it, he stops and says, Garbage truck! We have to get him out of the high chair and run to the back,” said Lance’s mom Chantal Rufus.

“A youngster that’s so excited, I said, Is he going to be there again? I would always wonder,” said James Jackson, a route driver for Solid Waste.

The friendship that started with a wave quickly blossomed.

Jackson gave his buddy a “City of Plano” toy bank. Lance hasn’t been able to put it down.

“It makes it sweet when you see someone who really likes what you do,” James said.

So much that he dressed as James for Halloween.

Chantal and Garrett Rufus made an tiny recycling bin with a matching reflective vest.

The friendship has warmed their hearts and it’s only a matter of days until the pair meets again.

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