The Internet is losing it over this sad grandpa – USA TODAY
Kelsey Harmon wasn’t expecting her tweet about her “Papaw” to go viral.Â But that’s exactly what happened afterÂ the Northeastern State University student shared a photo of the elderly man at the dinner table.
“Dinner with papaw tonight…Â he made 12 burgers for all 6 grandkids and I’m the only one who showed,” Kelsey wrote Wednesday after her five cousins were unable to attend the gathering. “Love him,” she addedÂ alongside a weeping emoji.
Twitter, apparently, felt for Kelsey’s “Papaw” too.Â The post was eventually retweetedÂ more 140,000 times andÂ liked more than 230,000 times. It also spawned dozens of “Sad Grandpa”-inspired tweets.
In an interview with USA TODAY Friday, Kelsey explained the tweet was live for roughly two hours before it took off, though she says it went viral for the wrong reasons. “I feel like people tookÂ it the wrong way or thought it was super sad like no one loved my PapawÂ or like all my cousins skipped out on him, but thatâs not what happened at all. We just had dinner and they had other obligations so they couldnât make it.”
Kelsey also said her cousins received threats for missing dinner. Thankfully, the threatening messagesÂ soon subsided and her familyÂ was able to poke fun at the incident: “At first, they were kind of like, ‘What the heck?’ But after a while, they just let it go and they really just laughed about it. My whole family had a lot of fun with it.”
And the burgers didn’t totally go to waste.Â One of Kelsey’s cousins,Â Brock Harmon, came to claim his portion of the leftovers the very next day.
“Guys donât worry!”Â he tweetedÂ Thursday. “I came to Papawâs house and am having a burger.”
Kelsey maintained that all of her cousinsÂ love “Papaw” and used to join himÂ regularly after church for Sunday dinnerÂ and adventures onÂ his four-wheelers.Â But, after starting college, they had less time to bond with one another.
Still, Kelsey said her grandfatherÂ was “perfectly fine.”Â “HeÂ thinks it’s hilarious,” Kelsey told USA TODAY. “He called me today and thanked me for his fame.”