Father’s Day came early for one unsuspecting trucker dad when his pint-sized prodigy decided to get behind the wheel and deliver a load of belly laughs.
When 8-year-old Jimmy “Big Wheel” Thompson heard his dad, veteran trucker Jim “Bear Claw” Thompson, lamenting about the long haul he had scheduled for Father’s Day, the industrious youngster saw an opportunity to give his dad the ultimate gift: a day off.
With the help of his siblings and a dash of audaciousness, Jimmy managed to get his hands on his father’s rig while Jim was fast asleep, dreaming of open roads and clear skies. The boy, having grown up watching his father expertly navigate the sprawling highways of North America, felt confident that he could handle the rig – or at least, the local delivery route.
Waking up to an eerily quiet house on Father’s Day, Jim found a note on the kitchen table, written in his son’s unmistakable handwriting: “Happy Father’s Day! Don’t worry about the delivery. I’ve got it covered. P.S. Please don’t freak out.”
Jim’s heart dropped to his stomach. “My first thought was, He didn’t take the truck. Please, tell me he didn’t take the truck,” Jim shared with our news team.
As it turned out, Jimmy had indeed taken the truck. Armed with his plastic walkie-talkie, a handful of his favorite fruit snacks, and the family dog riding shotgun, Jimmy had managed to start the truck and had begun a slow trek toward the local delivery depot.
Local police, alerted by several motorists about a prolonged “driver” (and suspiciously small pair of hands clutching the wheel), quickly caught up with the roving rig. Upon seeing the flashing blue lights behind him, Jimmy pulled over and awaited his fate.
Sgt. Linda Pearson, the officer who approached the vehicle, couldn’t believe her eyes. “I was expecting a sleepy trucker, not an 8-year-old with a cheesy grin and a dog wearing a trucker hat.”
Meanwhile, a relieved but thoroughly rattled Jim made it to his son’s location. Father’s Day was celebrated roadside, with coffee for Jim and hot chocolate for Jimmy, courtesy of Sgt. Pearson, who managed to see the humor in the situation.
While Jim was initially shocked, he couldn’t help but laugh. ”I’ve been trying to figure out how to get out of this haul for weeks” he chuckled. “I guess I should’ve been more specific.”
As for Jimmy, he’s not likely to forget this Father’s Day anytime soon. And he had a simple advice for other kids thinking about giving their dads a similar surprise: “Maybe just make a card instead.”
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