Posted On Mar 21, 2016
What happens when you don’t show up to your grandpa’s house for dinner? Apparently, you become famous. Twitter users everywhere all came together in a moment of shared sorrow as they all sympathized with Papaw from Oklahoma.
Papaw made the effort to invite all of his six grandchildren to his house for dinner while they were on spring break. Unfortunately, only one of them showed up. Kelsey Harmon, one out of Papaw’s six grandchildren, posted a picture on Twitter last Wednesday that went viral in 24 hours.
After the tweet went viral, hundreds of people shared their concern for Papaw. Some of the responses were truly disheartening.
As widespread as this story has gotten, Papaw still doesn’t understand just how much people are defending him. As for Kelsey, she’s choosing to look at the bright side.
“If I made just one person call their grandparents and check on them, then it’s all worth it,” she said. “I think the world of my Papaw and I want him to know how loved he is.”
Even though Papaw’s story drew so much attention, it is extremely important to recognize that there are tons of other grandparents who feel unappreciated by their grandchildren as well. If anything else, this story emphasizes the importance of spending time with our family.
There is a wealth of knowledge that we can learn from our grandparents. So the next time you get invited to your grandparent’s house for dinner, here are 4 life lessons they can teach you:
1) Don’t sweat the small stuff
If it’s one thing that young people have mastered, it would be turning every little thing into something bigger. On the other hand, grandparents have lived far too long to dwell on things that just don’t matter. If you spend enough time with your grandparents, you’ll probably see a major decrease in your stress levels and a spike in your gratitude level.
2) Family history
Let’s be honest, we all have those worn photo albums filled with black and white pictures of relatives we have no recollection of. Who better to give you a run-down of all the aunts and uncles you can’t recognize at your Christmas dinner than your beloved grandparents? It’s super important to learn about all the people who contributed to making your family, a family.
3) Marry your best friend
Have you ever found yourself in complete awe watching an elderly couple together in public? In a generation that glorifies the idea of love at first sight and rushing relationships, your grandparents know the value of truly being a friend first. From the way they still open the doors for each other, to the way they feed each other in restaurants, your grandparents may just have the advice you’re looking for in regards to your current relationship.
4) Tradition matters
Ever wonder why your grandparents stress the importance of eating together as a family, celebrating holidays as a family, or even attending church? It’s because they understand that at the end of the day, family is all that matters. While sticking to tradition in some aspects can hinder you from growth, grandparents know the traditions that become the glue of your family. Listen to them keenly, they actually know what they’re talking about.
What are some things you’ve learned from your grandparents in the past year? We’d love to hear about them!