The story of the depressed grandfather, or Sad Papaw, who made burgers for his six grandchildren, and only one of them showed up, had a happy ending. His family threw him a cookout that hundreds of strangers — and yes, grandkids — attended, because what else is there to do in Purcell, Oklahoma?
Now the Internet is rallying around 89-year-old artist Magdalene Jourdan. She recently hosted her first art reception at the Thompson Public Library in North Grosvenor Dale, Connecticut, but sadly, no one came. Her granddaughter, 17-year-old Lily Jourdan, tweeted, “Came home from an away game & my grandma went to her art showing and no one went… she called herself foolish.” It’s Pam’s art show in that episode of The Office, but real.
Here’s one of her paintings.
Lily’s sister Jenean, 24, told BuzzFeed that “she was working and [Lily] had a softball game. She said only two people from the town came to the event. Jenean’s uncle and parents also attended.” Magdalene is originally from Montreal, and she’s only lived in Thompson for two years. So her relative newness to the area, coupled with the library’s Facebook event inviting literally zero people, is probably why no one showed up.
And Twitter feels really bad for her.
I know someone who can cheer Depressed Mamaw up: Sad Papaw. Let’s make this happen, Internet. (Also, her show is available to view until May 25, if you’re in Connecticut. Here’s more information.)