A home video of a grandmother from Fuengirola opening her Christmas present has unexpectedly gone viral. The footage of Pepa, 82, crying with happiness after receiving a doll from her family, something her parents had been too poor to buy her as a child, has moved people around the world.
“My grandmother came from a poor family that had to survive on very little resources during the Civil War, and the priority for them was to eat,” explained Pepa’s 20-year- old granddaughter, Miriam, who uploaded the video to Twitter on 30 April after rediscovering the footage on her mobile. Since then, Pepa’s reaction to her gift has been retweeted over 12,460 times and received over 25,000 ‘likes’.
Miriam never anticipated that the video would receive so much attention. “Even people in the US have written to me to say thank you for the video. They don’t even speak Spanish but it doesn’t matter because my grandmother’s reaction transcends language barriers,”she said.