NORTH AURORA – Friday mornings have become a weekly highlight for 2-year-old Jackson Miller of North Aurora.
That’s when he walks out near the street, sometimes pulling his mom behind him, to see a good friend of his.
“He hears the truck and says ‘Mr. Mac’s coming,’ ” said Amy Miller, Jackson’s mom.
Jackson this year became McCree “Mac” Davis’ No. 1 fan. Davis is a Waste Management sanitary engineer and shows up every Friday morning outside the Miller household in a large green garbage truck as part of his regular route.
Jackson and Davis will give each other high-fives, and Davis briefly will talk to Amy Miller or her husband, Ryan, before he continues the rest of his route.
“They’re really great people – a really, really great family,” Davis said.
About five months ago, Davis noticed Jackson’s continued interest in his truck. He finally offered to take a picture of Amy Miller and Jackson and started talking to them.
Amy Miller said Jackson’s interest in trucks comes from his maternal grandmother, Sherri Skaggs, who points out trucks to Jackson whenever they drive around in the car. As part of teaching Jackson to grow up respecting others, she began putting the title “Mr.” in front of Davis’ nickname, Mac, hence the name “Mr. Mac.”
“He talks about him all week,” Amy Miller said. “Anytime we see a garbage truck, he just squeals that it’s Mr. Mac.”
The weekly Mr. Mac appearance also inspired Jackson to wear his glasses. Jackson initially resisted wearing them, but he knew he could not see Mr. Mac and his truck clearly without them. Once the glasses go on for Mr. Mac, they typically stay on for the rest of the day, Amy Miller said.
Jackson, who initially was shy around Davis, grew comfortable enough to give him a high-five, something he previously did only with his father.
Davis this summer gave Jackson his favorite toy – a small replica of a Waste Management truck. Jackson plays with it so much that the wheels have fallen off, Amy Miller said.
Davis said he never has met a family like the Millers, and has never had a fan like Jackson. He said the boy reminds him of his grandchildren.
“I really started to get to know this little boy – he’s got a special place in my heart,” Davis said.
Davis got to know the family better in August during a National Night Out cookout also attended by the Millers’ neighbors, police and firemen.
Halloween also will have a Mr. Mac tie-in – Jackson is going to dress up as Davis, complete with a drawn-on mustache and minigarbage truck.
The Miller family plans to have more get-togethers with Davis and hopefully meet his girlfriend. Amy Miller said Davis now is a definite friend of the family.
“We knew it was something special to see that bond that Jackson has with him,” Amy Miller said.
On the web
To see a video of 2-year-old Jackson Miller greeting McCree “Mac” Davis, visit KCChronicle.com.