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Long-distance grandpa shares life lessons with grandsons through Instagram drawings (PHOTOS)

Grandfather Art

Drawings for my Grandchildren | Instagram | Fair Use

Cerith Gardiner - published on 08/23/17

Through his “Drawings for My Grandchildren” account, much wisdom is being passed on.

A grandparent is that little piece of treasure in any child’s life; offering unconditional love, pearls of wisdom, fun, cuddles and candy — as well as the odd babysitting service when mom and dad need a date night. Retired grandfather Chan Jae was just that for his two grandsons, Arthur and Allan, when they lived in Brazil together. So when the boys relocated to Korea with their parents, the sad grandad’s family were worried he was going to become depressed.


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Chan Jae’s wife and his son, Ji Lee, devised a plan to keep him busy: persuading the 75-year-old to use his artistic talents to post pictures for his grandsons on Instagram. Though it took time to get the hang of the new medium (more like months of convincing, really), the Instagram account helped bring a new meaning to Chan Jae’s life. It also keeps the grandsons updated on family news, and provides a digital legacy for generations to come, who will be able to see this beautiful archive of cultural traditions and worthwhile lessons.

Embracing the wonders of Instagram, the project has become a true family affair, with Ji Lee — who recently became a father to a little boy named Astro— spending precious moments teaching his dad. Meanwhile, Chan Jae’s wife writes little stories for each picture, and Ji Lee’s sister helps with the translating. Although the family is spread over three continents they are now in contact every day.

Ji Lee explains the family’s story on this video he posted on Facebook. A valuable lesson for us all: embrace change (even in the form of newfangled technology) at any age!

Although a picture may communicate a thousand words, Chan Jae’s seems to exude one: love. We’ve selected some of his drawings with the little lessons he gives to his grandsons.

Beauty in prayer

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This small church in a small rural town made us want to go inside. We wondered if the painter who painted the blue wall or the carpenter who carved the ornaments around the cross may be inside the church to pray. #drawing #watercolor #crayon #church A pequena igreja que vi na praça da cidade me fez ficar com vontade de abrir suas portas e entrar. Já dava para imaginar pessoas rezando ao pé de uma cruz com ornamentos e paredes pintados com tom de azul celeste. 시골 마을에서 본 작은 교회는 정말 문을 열고 들어가고 싶었다. 벽에다 푸른 칠을 한 사람과 십자가에다 장식을 덧붙인 사람이 기도 들이고 있을 듯해서.

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Brotherly love

Lend a helping hand

The value of a saintly life

Beauty in the small things

Respect equals love

Know your history

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October 9th is the Hangul (Korean Alphabet) day. In 1443, Sejong emperor realized Korean people couldn't express themselves with their own language. With this in mind, he invented the new alphabet Hangul. Hangul is celebrated by linguists around the world as a scientific alphabet. There are 14 consonants and 10 vowels. 나무(tree): Consonantㄴ + Vowelㅏ = 나 [NA] Consonant ㅁ + Vowel ㅜ = 무 [MU] #drawing #watercolor #hangul #koreanalphabet #hangulday #scientificalphabet #greatkingsejong Dia 9 de outubro comemora-se o dia do Hangul. Hangul é o alfabeto coreano que foi criado em 1443 pelo Rei Sejong, que sentia pena do povo coreano pois não podiam se expressar por falta de um alfabeto próprio. Trata-se de um alfabeto altamente científico que os linguistas da modernidade não conseguem conter a admiração. São 14 consoantes e 10 vogais. Ex. 나무(Árvore): ㄴconsoante + ㅏvogal – 나 [na] ㅁconsoante + ㅜvogal – 무 [mu] 10월 9일은 한글날. 한글은 한국인의 문자이다. 1443년 세종대왕은 글자가 없어서 자기 생각을 나타내지 못하는 국민들이 너무도 가여워 새로 글자를 만들었다. 현대의 세계 언어학자들이 찬탄을 금치 못하는 과학적인 문자. 자음 14개 모음 10개, 모두 24개 예: 나무(tree): 자음 ㄴ + 모음 ㅏ->나 [na] 자음 ㅁ + 모음 ㅜ->무 [mu]

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Grandparents will always love you

Grandmas are heroes

Treat animals with kindness

Empathy is key

Just how much grandad loves them!

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