Angie, Jacob, Lucy and I went for a walk yesterday after breakfast. The most exciting thing about the walk was the street sweeper cleaning up the gutters of our block. We heard it coming from a distance, roaring like a great monstrous machine. Jacob was excited to hear this and started shouting "truck, truck!" He looked in the right direction with a big smile on his face.
The truck finally came into view. The large brushes spun quickly and lights were on in front and in back. A watery trail was left behind as it passed. The street sweeper was on the other side of the street, so it didn't pass too close to us. As it passed, Jacob seemed less excited and slightly apprehensive. We continued to walk and watched the truck vanish down the street. Jacob wanted to follow, so we did.
As we got further down the street, we heard the truck coming back up our side of the street. At first, Jacob was excited again, but as the truck came into view and closer to us, he started getting very nervous and he started tensing up. Luckily, the truck turned down a cul-de-sac about 20 feet in front of us. Jacob was very anxious so we crossed the street (where Angie had already fled to with Lucy). The truck came back for one last viewing. Jacob was still anxious, even being farther away.
So I guess for Jacob, the street sweeper is like a dragon. Seeing it from a distance is cool, but one should be really worried if it gets up close.
On a side note, YouTube is littered with amateur videos of street sweepers doing their thing all across this fine nation of ours. You really can find anything on the Internet.