Ji Lee, a designer who lives in New York, recently posted a “an
Instagram love story” video on Facebook about how he finally convinced his 75-year-old
father to open an Instagram account—and it is one of the best freakin’ love
Basically, it goes like this: Chan Jae is a 75-year-old retired
Korean man who lives in Brazil. His son describes him as “a grumpy old man.”
Despite that, he's a doting grandfather who loved driving
his grandchildren, Arthur and Allan, to school—right up until his daughter and her
husband moved back to Korea with the kids.
After his grandkids moved, Chan Jae found himself with
nothing much to do. His family got worried because all he did was watch Korean
TV. That’s when Ji Lee remember that when he was a child, his dad used to draw pictures for him.
So, he came up with this idea that his dad should draw again and post his
drawings on Instagram. Chan Jae was not too enthusiastic about his son’s idea; he
didn’t see the point and he didn’t much care to learn how to use Instagram.
Fast-forward to Ji Lee having baby boy named Astro. Chan Jae
and his wife flew to New York to meet the baby and, of course, Grandpa fell in
love. After a talk around the dinner table, when Chan Jae mentioned that he
would not be around to see Astro as an adult, Ji Lee felt all kinds of awful,
thinking about his father’s mortality. So he suggested that his father start
drawing for his grandchildren.
And that’s how "Drawings for My Grandchildren" on Instagram
was born. The bio on the account reads, “I'm a
75 y/o grandpa living in Brazil. My 3 grandkids live in Korea & NY. I
learned Instagram to draw every day for them. Grandma writes the stories.”
Every day, Chan Jae draws a picture for his grandchildren.
The drawings will live on after he's gone—a testament to the love he
has for his grandkids. Is this not the most beautiful gift that a grandfather
could leave to his grandchildren?
Check out the now-viral video that Ji Lee posted on