There is a beautiful tale of love and friendship between the most unlikeliest of folks. In Farmington, Minnesota lived a pair of best friends who rode their bikes or tractors together, talked about fishing, or played in their much beloved tomato garden.
While they might seem like ordinary playmates on paper, Erling Kindem is a 90-year-old war veteran, and Emmett Rychner is only 3.
Although Erling and Emmett had been neighbors for Emmett’s entire life, his parents had very little interaction with Erling up until Emmett came along. In fact, his parents owned the home for nearly a decade and nothing more than pleasantries were exchanged between the two families. That is, until Emmett decided to take a sneak peek into Erling’s tomato garden. Since that fateful day, these two were inseparable and their bond made headlines across the country.
Now, just like the garden in which Erling tends, these two boys have created a beautiful friendship. But in August of 2014, Emmett moved with his family to a house in the country, and Erling moved into a senior apartment with his wife.
With a final goodbye hug, Erling left Emmett with one last gift — a silver dollar along with a note that read, “may we be friends forever.”
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The two 'brothers' would ride around their yard's together like little kids!
Emmett and Erling share their final hug as neighbors: a bittersweet goodbye.
Erling's goodbye gift to Emmett -- a silver dollar, with a heartfelt note.