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After decades of painting, grandmother Magdalene Jourdan finally showed off her talent and hard work during an art show for what should've been an inspirational story in itself. She got all dressed up for the event, and was filled with excitement. But there was one problem: Nearly no one came.
“I was disappointed. I got all fancied up. I was a damn fool to dress up to go there,” the Hungarian-born mother of veterans told BuzzFeed News. "I thought I was forgotten. Nobody gave a hoot," Magdalene said in a video that her granddaughter, Lily Jourdan, later posted to Twitter.
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And she truly might have been completely skipped over if not for Lily's heartbreaking social media post showing her grandma in her finery distraught over the tiny attendance.
Came home from an away game & my grandma went to her art showing and no one went 💔 she called herself foolish :( pic.twitter.com/XZocoTIG4L— Lily Jourdan (@Hablasian) May 6, 2016
Came home from an away game & my grandma went to her art showing and no one went 💔 she called herself foolish :( pic.twitter.com/XZocoTIG4L
The high schooler and her older sister couldn't make the show because of a softball game and work, respectively, but they shared in their grandma's devastation and made it known publicly. People took notice. Hundreds and then thousands, including celebrities, like model Hailey Baldwin, actor Stephen Baldwin's 19-year-old daughter, tweeted their own sadness in response to Magdalene's.
Since the poorly attended exhibit had garnered so much attention after the fact, the Thompson Library/Community Center in Grosvernordale, CT, allowed the aging painter to show her work once more. Though the turnout at the opening wasn't huge, it was still more than the original showing and turned Magdalene, whom the Internet had dubbed Sad Grandma, into Happy Grandma. She told BuzzFeed, "I was a human being, not some throwaway old woman."
Even better, the exhibit remains open until May 25, and art collectors are expressing interest in buying Grandma's pieces. Maybe, Happy Grandma will soon get a new moniker: Rich Grandma.
via BuzzFeed News