An Oklahoma grandfather is publicly reassuring the world that he is not mad at his grandchildren after a “sad” photo of him went viral earlier this week, when he made dinner for six grandkids but only one showed up.
“There was a failure to communicate,” Kenneth Harmon told Inside Edition. I thought that everybody was invited, but that’s not the way it turned out. There was some grandkids who didn’t know about it.”
In fact Harmon, who is called “pawpaw” by his grandkids, spent some separate time with grandson Brock Harmon, when the two attended a ball game to watch another of Harmon’s grandkids, they told IE.
Brock had a burger with him, too. “They can’t get any better,” Brock told IE.
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Harmon was pictured alone in a tweeted photo Wednesday from granddaughter Kelsey Harmon, who wrote, “dinner with papaw tonight… he made 12 burgers for all 6 grandkids and I’m the only one who showed. love him.”
dinner with papaw tonight… he made 12 burgers for all 6 grandkids and I’m the only one who showed. love him pic.twitter.com/0z0DkPtUiR
— kelsey (@kelssseyharmon) March 17, 2016
That photo has 158,000 retweets and counting, and drew many comments of support for Harmon and some attacks on his grandkids.
“I have had many laughs at the memes and funny posts of my papaw,” Kelsey wrote again on Thursday. “I’ve also had many, many messages telling me my post encouraged people everywhere to visit their grandparents. And that means so much to me. I’ve also seen many sad posts, people saying they don’t get the chance to see their grandparents, and my heart aches for them.
“With that being said, my intentions were never to become ‘famous.’
“Family is the most important thing in my world and I’d never take advantage of them to gain followers and fame for a few days. Thank you so much to everyone who was once concerned. All the tweets and posts are truly appreciated. Papaw is great. Please know he is loved deeply, and now widely.”