Two racing John Deere mowers caught my eye while I was watching NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams earlier this week. It wasn’t so much the mowers but who was operating them: a WWII Veteran and a 3-year-old.
This unlikely pair are neighbors in Farmington, Minnesota, and are inseparable.
Emmett Rychner, 3, and 89-year-old Erling Kindem met when Emmett took interest in his garden.
Kindem, a World War II veteran who flew combat missions in Europe, planted tomatoes — Rychner’s favorite. And so, a friendship began. Now, the two enjoy racing mowers — although one’s battery powered — tinkering on bikes and just learning from each other.
But this pair will be going their separate ways soon. Rychner’s family is moving to have a larger house for their expanding brood, and Kindem will be moving with his wife into senior apartments.
But until then, there’s a little more fun and tomatoes to be enjoyed.
Watch a video about their story on NBC.