No obstacle can keep two true friends from remaining friends, even if they are years apart in age. Even if the most aggravating virus on Earth stopped the world, two-year-old Benjamin Olson and 99-year-old Mary O’Neill would still be friends.

Benjamin and his little brother Noah live on the same street as Mary, next door. Over the course of the year, these Minneapolis neighbors became friends as they both realized they had been cooped up in their own homes for too long.

toddler and neighbor friendship

“For more than a year, he didn’t see other kids. He didn’t interact with anyone except our family and Mary. They ended up forming an incredibly strong bond.” says Benjamin’s mother.

Thirty-seven years ago, Mary lost her husband. She began as any good neighbor would: by enthusiastically waving to the sweet boy next door. Next, she set out to get some fresh air and greet someone. Eventually, they grew a special bond and became best friends. Watch their full story here:

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