Boy Says Final Goodbye To His 91-Year-Old Best Friend Who Lived Next Door


Boy Says Final Goodbye To His 91-Year-Old Best Friend Who Lived Next Door

November 4, 2016


For ten years, the Rychner family and Erling Kindem lived next to each other in a Minneapolis suburb, but didn’t have much of a relationship beyond saying hello. That changed after Emmett came along.


“He was about 2 when this all started. He would start venturing over to Erling’s backyard when he was out in his garden with his tomatoes,” Emmett’s mother Anika Rychner told Today.


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Erling, a World War II veteran, instantly bonded with little Emmett. From then on, Emmett went outside anytime he spotted his buddy.


He would also go knock on Erling’s door and ask if Erling could play,” Anika said.


Two years ago, Emmett’s family moved away to the countryside. A month later, Erling and his wife moved to a senior apartment. But the two friends continued to visit each other regularly: