Last night, something wonderful happened on twitter. After WNYC’s Brian Lehrer asked his listeners to share stories about their grandfathers, a friend joined in, tweeted about what her grandfather taught her and encouraged everyone else to share. By the end of the night, there were hundreds of tweets with the hashtag #howtobuildafire. Some were really sweet, some funny, some a little heartbreaking. Here are a few:
“My Dido taught me that sometimes those who talk least say the most & to always keep a 2nd fridge in the house just for beer.” -@NatalieOksana
“My grandpa taught me that when the fish call, you don’t let a little thing like cancer get in the way.” -@denise_hinson
“My other grandpa taught me that you’re never too old to pinch your wife’s behind and call her gorgeous.” -@jabrockmole
There are now almost 300 tweets about grandfathers, with the tag #howtobuildafire. If you search the hashtag, you can read them all. In case you’re not on twitter, you can see some here.
I woke up this morning, and people are still sharing. The best part of writing this book (besides the grandpas in the book): Now other people are remembering their own grandfathers. Like another friend on twitter said:
“I’ll be sure the stories I’ve heard about the grandpa I never knew will be told to his great-grandchildren.” -@jbbmegan
Keep it going!