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Preschooler, WWII veteran become best friends over tomatoes

Preschooler, WWII Veteran Become Best Friends Over Tomatoes

A year ago, 3-year-old preschooler Emmett Rychner and 89-year-old WWII veteran Erling Kindem struck up their friendship over tomatoes, and now the two are wild about each other.

KARE reports that "Emmett's parents had to laugh the first time they saw their pre-schooler racing a man who had fought in the second World War." Now, the duo are together pretty much every day.

Emmett's dad told ABC that "Erling grew some tomatoes in his yard and Emmett would always ask him, 'Got any matoes?'"

Emmett's mom, Anika, posted a photo of her son riding his tractor to Facebook. A commenter told her to keep the tractor even when he outgrows it as it is now the "famous tractor."

Sadly for Emmett and Erling, the fun may soon come to an end. Both are moving - Emmett to a new house and Erling to a senior apartment.

In the spirit of those unlikely best friends, we thought we'd point out some more.

This dog and deer are besties, even playing ball together. A Texas family posted the video to YouTube in 2009, explaining they found it as a fawn and bottle fed it until it could go on its own.

The deer has been seen with several herds, but often comes back to play, and steal a little cat food, too.

Then we have these two penpals from Ohio and Virginia who the Akron Beacon Journal says were best friends for 50 years, exchanging letters for decades before finally meeting.

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alspoolhall July 11 2014 at 6:47 AM

Oldie and goodie together . . . cool, very cool.

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mclkarim July 11 2014 at 1:23 PM

This is the sweetest thing!

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dmart30959 July 11 2014 at 12:32 PM

Such a heartfelt story... i too hope they can remain in touch.

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topazlisa July 11 2014 at 4:26 PM

In a perfect society this is how it would always be. The elderly caring and teaching the youngest so parents could work and be honored, respected, fed and housed for doing so. This provides continuity in a society and gives the young a solid base to build their lives on.

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msdaubie54 July 11 2014 at 11:59 AM

I'm sure the veteran will remember this little boy. I hope there is someway they can keep in touch after they move to different places!

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jewel July 11 2014 at 11:44 AM

that's right that is coooool . if not then i don't know what if-- cool

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fifiwereking July 11 2014 at 3:42 PM

when i was 6 years old, i became friends with a cuban sister and brother whose backyard bordered our backyard... their grandfather "abuelito" didn't speak a word of english, but for some reason he and my 2 year old brother formed a bond, and would spend hours together... it was a delight to see these two friends together...

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chefjohnp July 11 2014 at 4:34 PM

Great piece. We are Americans and this is truly an American story.

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darkcloudstonite July 11 2014 at 8:56 PM

Anything more annoying or sickening than AOL saying something will " make you melt " ?

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Sportster1 darkcloudstonite July 11 2014 at 10:38 PM

My other favourites: "stunning" and "jaw-dropping".

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rwilliamhoward July 11 2014 at 12:32 PM

Did I miss it? The headline calls for the two RACING. We see about 5 frames of the man on his lawn moer, and the boy on his tactor, but NO SIGN of the 'race'. Just lots of screen time for the narrator.

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