Are We Too Busy for Family?

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at 10:39 PM
Are We Too Busy for Family? by Karlee Dies

Recently, this picture became viral on social media. The story behind it is just sad. In case you missed it, here’s the rundown.

The man, now known as “Sad Papaw,” or “America’s new beloved grandpa,” made dinner for his six grandchildren on Wednesday, March 16. Only one grandchild, Kelsey Harmon, showed up. Harmon told BuzzFeed now that the six grandkids are older, it’s hard for them to all get together like they used to. The other five grandkids never showed up to the dinner. Once Harmon posted this picture to Twitter, it received over 70,000 retweets in less than 24 hours. Everyone was heartbroken for the “Sad Papaw.”

A week later, Papaw held a cookout everyone was invited to. Nearly 2,500 people attended from all over the world to meet the infamous man. People waited in line for an hour to get a burger, meet him and take a photo.

Brock Harmon, one of the six grandkids, told ABC News that the event helped “make people realize that your grandparents aren’t going to be around forever and to call them up and tell them you love them.”

Kelsey Harmon stated to Buzzfeed that she’s happy the story is being shared because it “has made people realize how important family is.”

So, are we too busy for family?

My answer is no. I can understand that schedules can get crazy hectic sometimes, but there should be no excuse not to make time for the ones you love and the ones who love and support you.

When I first heard about this story, I instantly thought of my grandmother. One: Because she is my rock. Two: Because she LOVES burgers, and we share a meal each week together.

She has been a major part of my life from the time I inhaled my first breath. She has been there for everything for me. She was a major part of shaping me into the person I am today and I certainly wouldn’t have it any other way.

With that being said, I could never ever imagine not attending a function that she’s set up for all of us grandchildren to attend. We would both be heartbroken.

It was later discovered in Papaw’s story that he came up with the idea last minute and that’s why the other grandchildren didn’t attend. I still don’t feel that is enough of an excuse. I would have to have something going seriously wrong in my life to stand up my grandmother and not let her know.

I just find it very sad that these grandchildren did this. It raises questions for me like: Are we too busy for family? Is the younger generation growing up to be self-centered? Do they not care?

If yes is an answer for any of you, I feel sorry for you. Although, I could understand some extenuating circumstances.

Personally, I live a very crazy, hectic life. Not only am I a full-time college student taking 18 credits this semester, but I am also a near full-time employee. That means classes all morning and work all afternoon and into the evening. That means quite of bit of homework and many work responsibilities. When that’s not going on, I am an avid part of The Spectator. I am also a sister and a daughter who still lives at home with responsibilities that come with that. I am a jack of many trades and somehow it all works.

With that being said, I set aside time every Wednesday at noon to meet my “Grammie” for lunch. We spend the time catching up on what has happened in the past week, what may be happening in the coming days, memories, current events and more all while enjoying our lunch and each other’s company.

I wouldn’t change it for the world. She means everything to me and will never be alone or become the “Sad Grammie.” While becoming a viral sensation would be pretty cool, I’d rather her become famous for just being her or be recognized for the things she does for others.

I realize that the idea is now cute, but something like this shouldn’t have to go viral for people to open their eyes and realize that their family means more to them than their busy schedules.

Karlee Dies is the Managing Editor of News for The Spectator.

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