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Neighbor Steps Up To Do 'Dad Stuff' While Boy's Father Is Stationed Overseas


The Internet is sobbing over the simple story told in a tweet by a girl named Molly Cravens. Her dad, Dean Cravens, has taken their next door neighbor Brian, who is only five, under his wing while his dad is stationed in Syria with the Air Force. On Father's Day, Molly shared some pictures of Brian coming over to ask if he could hang out with Dean and do all the boring stuff we associate with dads, like mowing the lawn. It's adorable:

Brian's mom, Barbara Kelly, told BuzzFeed News that she's grateful Dean is so good with Brian, and that he's even told her he wants to be a "lawnmower man" when he grows up. Presumably he doesn't mean the titular character from the 1992 horror film The Lawnmower Man

It looks like they do actual yard work together:

Source: Molly Cravens

"Everywhere [Cravens] turns around there's Brian," said Kelly. "They just developed a friendship and bond." And Molly says she's not jealous and didn't resent the time Dean spent with Brian on Father's Day.

"The fact that he started to cling on to my dad is just the sweetest thing," she said. "We love having Brian around and love seeing how happy they make each other."

Basically everyone is sobbing at their desks over these two:

How can you not cry when you see a kid getting the support he needs? And he's so darn cute, too? It takes a village.