By Kevin Keegan
CNN’s lead says it best, “The Internet adopted a grandpa this week…”
The internet’s latest viral tweet has struck a cord with many, or should I say, plucked a heart string.
dinner with papaw tonight…❤️ he made 12 burgers for all 6 grandkids and I’m the only one who showed. 😢 love him pic.twitter.com/0z0DkPtUiR
— kelsey (@kelssseyharmon) March 17, 2016
Photo by Kelsey Harmon, as posted on Twitter under the handle @kelssseyharmon.
The tweeted photo has nearly 174k retweets and 284k likes at the time this post was written. It is of Kelsey Harmon’s Grandpa, looking very sad while eating one of 12 hamburgers that he made for his six grandchildren, of which only one showed up for dinner.
This is a story that really touched people on the internet and has spread like wildfire, even being picked up by major news outlets.
But it’s not just the fact that the post has gone viral, it’s the conversation that has sparked because of it. A powerful one and one that started by something as simple as a Tweet.
Family is important, and while we’re all busy with life we need to put it in park and spend time with those important to you and let them know you care. This was echoed in the responses around the internet. They ranged from those who were moved by the tweet to those that expressed real emotion because of it. There was even some contemplative reflection in many responses, like the one below.
— bianca (@thelukebrooks) March 17, 2016
Everyone loves a good cat video, but the reality is that most of the things we find interesting on the internet have little effect or at least positive effect on our lives. In this case though, Sad Paw Paw has gotten people to think about others, something that the internet could use more of.
Since the original Tweet spread across the nation. Paw Paw has decided to throw a picnic for anyone who wants to come. They’re going to be selling hamburgers and selling t-shirts that say, “I had a burger with Paw Paw.” See info here: http://www.foxla.com/news/share-this/110555952-story