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All it takes is one sad tweet to change the course of your grandparent’s bad day. We’ve seen it with Sad Papaw, who went from neglected grandfather to burger-grilling superstar. Now, there’s Grandma Magdalene.
The 89-year-old Thompson, Connecticut resident was crushed when barely anyone attended her art reception at the public library. Her granddaughter, Lily Jourdan, relayed the distressing news on Thursday:
Jourdan was playing softball at the time and sadly couldn’t make the event. Apparently, neither could anyone else. She told BuzzFeed that her grandmother felt foolish for even trying.
Since then, hundreds have stepped in to offer words of encouragement and—as with Papaw—plan their cheering-up pilgrimage:
The Facebook event page for Grandma Magdalene’s art show, entitled “Reflections of a Lifetime,” has been similarly flooded with words of encouragement and inquiries as to how to purchase the art. The show runs from now until May 25, so if you’re completely serious about rolling up and showing love for Grandma Magdalene, you’ve still got a few weeks.
There’s no word on whether Grandma Magdalene will be selling her paintings online or what’s next for the octogenarian artist. She has issued a statement to an adoring fan, however: “I feel we are soulmates because you understand me and that makes me so happy. I thought I was forgotten, that nobody gave a hoot, but we will prevail.”
Ya damn right, grandma.
A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.