When you’re a kid, it’s pretty easy to make friends — you just march right up to them, ask them to play, and boom: best friends forever.

But Deacon Ross has set his sights on a bit of an unusual bestie: O-Dee, his neighborhood’s garbage man, his mother told WFAA —

I think this is Deacon’s first friend [where] he really understands what friendship is.

In fact, Deacon loves O-Dee so much that he’s decided to name his soon-to-be little brother or sister after him!

Unfortunately, Deacon hasn’t quite realized that the impending arrival of his new sibling means the family will be moving off of O-Dee’s route…

Luckily, Deacon’s mom understands how important a first friendship is.

What a sweet little party she threw for the pair!