Three-year-old with a passion for garbage gets his Christmas wish

Desmond Kravitz of Poulsbo calls garbage collectors Matt Duerr and J.D. Riches his “best friends.”

A Poulsbo three-year-old enamored with garbage collection was surprised by his mom on Christmas with a personalized picture book memorializing some of his favorite moments with the municipal workers he calls his “best friends.”

Desmond Kravitz, who turned three on December 13, was gifted a bound book replete with photos of him and his pals Matt Duerr of Poulsbo Public Works and J.D. Riches of Bainbridge Disposal. The book is called “The Poulsbo Garbage Boy: A True Story” and was made by his mom, Lindsey Kravitz.

Desmond developed an attachment to and love of garbage trucks and their reliable pilots after his family moved to Poulsbo from Tacoma about a year ago.

“He wants to go see them every day,” Lindsey said. “He knows them by name.”

Over time they became so close that Kravitz would take Desmond to see Matt and J.D. at work, and sometimes they’d go out to lunch.

His friends are often on his mind, his mom said.

“When we were at Costco, he said ‘mom, Matt really likes chicken bakes, can we get him a chicken bake?”

Lindsey said. “Everything about his day revolves around these guys.”

Around his birthday, Desmond sought friends to invite to his party; he’d left a few behind when his family moved from Tacoma. So he asked his parents to invite Matt and J.D., and they came.

“His birthday party was funny because he had never seen Matt and J.D. together,” Lindsey said. “His little brain was going to explode, he was so excited.”

Kravitz has tried her best to satisfy Desmond’s interest in garbage trucks. She and her husband Matt have bought him toy replicas, and she even took Desmond to the public library to find books on the topic. But Desmond wasn’t satisfied: the books didn’t have Matt and J.D. in them.

So Lindsey decided to make her own book about her son’s adventures, and gave copies to Matt and J.D., too, who came over to help read to Desmond.

In an interview Thursday, Lindsey, who recently converted to being a stay-at-home mom to care for Desmond and her 5-year-old daughter Stella, acknowledged how quirky the experience has been.

“People have no idea how weird it is for me,” she said. “I live a weird life. It’s all about garbage.”

Gabe Stutman is a reporter with the Kitsap News Group. Follow him on Twitter @kitsapgabe.

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