Who’s Going to Paw-Paw’s Cookout?
If you’re like us, you spent the last week feeling bad for this grandfather who made a bunch of burgers for his six grandkids, only to have just one – Oklahoma student Kelsey Harmon who inadvertently started the whole drama with a random tweet – turn up to have dinner with him.
Nearly 180,000 retweets later, Paw Paw is delighted to be an internet celebrity – and he’s hosting a cookout to celebrate.
The cookout is taking place at a flea market the Harmon family owns in Purcell, Oklahoma, on March 26, Harmon told BuzzFeed News. Burgers will be $2 each and they’ll be selling T-shirts boasting “I had a burger with Papaw” for around $25.
“It was Papaw’s idea to have the cookout,” Harmon said, adding that Papaw is over the moon about his newfound internet fame and wanted nothing more than to celebrate with some burgers.
“He loves all of this,” Harmon added. “He never ever thought he would be a celebrity.”
Though some news outlets reported the proceeds would go toward the grandkids’ college educations and charities, Harmon told BuzzFeed News that all the proceeds were going to Papaw and “what he decides to do with them is his business.”
“We don’t want anyone to think we’re doing this for fame,” Harmon told local news station KVUE-TV.
I’m pretty sure we all felt so bad for him at first (and maybe guilty about the amount of quality time we’ve spent with our own elderly family members), we’ll be just fine with however he wants to use the money.
So, anybody planning to go to the cookout? Send us pictures!