SPRING PARK, Minn. (KMSP) - It’s an unlikely friendship, built upon an uncommon common bond. Annabelle Reinitz turned 4 years old on June 27, while a few weeks later, Annabelle Dale turned 105. The two may be generations apart, but they have built a friendship over their common name.
"The daycare came in, and they knew her name was Annabelle and so they got us together,” said Dale. “She's a sweetheart."
Reinitz attends the daycare that’s attached to Dale’s assisted living community, Lake Minnetonka Shores in Spring Park, Minn. The daycare does intergenerational activities with the seniors once a week.
"They start running up to them and telling them things, we've had a couple jump on their laps,” said Missy Ortiz, who leads recreational activities at Lake Minnetonka Shores.
Ortiz said when Reinitz started coming to daycare at Lake Minnetonka Shores, she immediately knew Annabelle needed to meet Annabelle.
"I was like, are you kidding, her names Annabelle? Are you -- really?" she said.
Ortiz says the two have more in common than just a name, and their similarities draw them to each other during weekly visits.
When Ortiz and her colleagues found out their birthdays were so close, they decided to throw a joint birthday party. Residents and kids enjoyed cake, music, and singing Thursday, all in celebration of two Annabelles, 100 years apart.