Not every family has the luxury of having grandma and grandpa nearby. But for one Korean family, being spread across three continents has only made them closer.
Seventy-five-year-old Chan Jae used to drive two of his grandsons, Allan and Arthur, to school every day in Brazil. But when the boys’ parents decided it was time to move to South Korea, the retired grandpa was left feeling lonely.
Jae’s son, Ji Lee, who works as a designer, and Jae’s tech-loving 75-year-old wife decided it was time for grandpa to get connected. Lee shared his father’s journey in this sweet video on Facebook, which has already gotten two million views.
Lee calls his dad a “grumpy old man,” and described how reluctant he was at first to use Instagram to communicate with his three grandsons ― two in South Korea and one in New York City.
But the realization that he might not be around long enough to get to know his young grandsons spurred him into action. Since then, Jae has created over 450 drawings for his grandsons on his Instagram account, drawings_for_my_grandchildren. Exotic animals, birthday wishes, portraits and lessons from Korean culture are just some of the things Jae has drawn.
“This Instagram account really changed my father’s life. Since then, he’s been making one drawing a day. My mother writes the stories and my father brings them to life,” Lee told BBC News.
Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, eat your heart out.