Technology and those who are of advanced age don’t always mix. All of us who have moms whose cellphones are of the flip variety, or who know that Facetiming with Dad involves being able to count his nostril hairs, we totally understand. We get it. So introducing the wonders of Instagram to Grandpa might seem like a rather difficult endeavour, similar to teaching our parents about the importance of Internet security, or climbing Mount Everest.
But Ji Lee would not be defeated. He was going to conquer this mountain if it was the last thing he did.
How great is this video? From the music to the emojis, it’s like something out of one of those Pixar shorts you see before the actual movie.
In the Facebook post, Ji explains that his 75-year-old dad, Chan Jae, feared he might be long gone before his three grandsons got a chance to really know him. Ji lives in New York, his sister lives in Korea and their father, the “grumpy old man,” lives in Brazil. So visits are few and far between.
Ji came up with an idea that involved his father’s drawing and painting talents and, unfortunately, technology. Jae wasn’t having it but Ji was insistent. By creating pictures for the kids to see, they would get a piece of their grandfather while he is able to share his love of art. After much hemming and hawing, Jae has embraced it all, creating a new scene every day. Once his work is complete, he uploads them to Instagram while his wife—also 75 but much more technologically savvy — makes up stories/captions to go along with the paintings.
At the time of publish, Chan Jae’s Instagram account, Drawings For My Grandchildren, has more than 67,000 followers. The family talks to each other every single day and the sale of his prints fund his airfares to visit his grand kids (and kids, of course).
And it looks like he’s getting the hang of this social media thing. Come on, those hashtags though. Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks hasn’t met Ji or Jae before.
Two brothers are walking on a rainy day. They’re sharing one umbrella and coming home together. Although the rain is falling, there are a lot to see and talk. It’s lovely to see them. #drawing #watercolor #umbrella #rain Sozinho? Não… os dois andam juntos num dia de chuva. Os dois irmãos voltam para juntos sob o mesmo guarda chuva. Está chovendo mas tem muita coisa pra ser vista. Dá para sentir o carinho entre eles mesmo que de costas. 혼자? 아니 둘이 걷는다. 비 오는 날. 한 우산 쓰고 형제가 집으로 돌아온다. 비는 내리지만 이것저것 볼 게 많은 형과 아우, 뒷모습이 정답다.
This is a dad riding his child to the school. Grandpa lives in Bom Retiro in São Paulo and I see this often in our neighborhood. #drawing #watercolor #dad #school #neighborhood #cycle O pai levando o filho para a escola de bicicleta. Esta é uma cena que vejo frequentemente no Bom Retiro, o bairro onde moro. 아빠가 아들을 자전거에 태우고 학교에 가는 모습이다. 할아버지가 사는 봉헤찌로 동네에선 자주 보는 장면이다.
It’s a full spring time in Korea. It’s suppose to be autumn in São Paulo, but it’s a strange weather here and it feels like summer. I think there will be lots of people going to the beach soon because tomorrow is a national holiday Tiradentes day. #drawing #watercolor #spring #autumn #summer #beach #holliday Na Coreia a primavera está tanto nas cidades quanto nas montanhas. Mas aqui no Brasil apesar de ser outono devido as mudanças climáticas está bem quente como se fosse verão. Como amanhã é o feriado de Tiradentes muitas pessoas devem descer à praia. 봄이 산에도 도시에도 한참인 한국. 그러나 브라질은 가을이어야 하는데 이상기온으로 매일 한여름 날씨이다. 내일은 국가 공휴일 Tiradentes의 날이어서 많은 시민들이 바다로 갈거야.