Chaos won’t stop this grandmother from taking over social media after a massive explosion rocked Beirut.
Surrounded by debris after a devastating explosion in the capital of Lebanon, this grandmother sat on a piano and performed “Auld Lang Syne.”
According to their granddaughter May-Lee Melki, her grandmother was not home during the massive explosion in Beirut. Nobody from the family was harmed, too.
Unfortunately, Melki’s family discovered that the house they’d been staying in for 60 years was in shambles. Over a mile from the site of the explosion, the destruction was nothing like they have ever seen before.
“[The house] survived the entire civil war [and] witnessed bullets go through it,” May-Lee Melki told CNN from her home in the United States. She added the family rebuilt the house in Beirut over and over again.
May Abboud Melki, the grandmother, headed straight to her piano as soon as she entered the house and started playing the piano.
She began playing Arabic hymns with the classic “Auld Lang Syne.” Still, She then started playing Arabic hymns. The volunteers, who cleaned up the glass and attempted to clean up the room, gathered and started worshiping.
What makes the viral post so special?
May-Lee said his father gave her grandmother the piano on her wedding day. She added her grandmother played the piano “[through] the suffering and tried to find those periods of calm.”
“Seeing her leaning into her religion, leaning into God was something that instantly sent a powerful message to her culture and to our family,” said her granddaughter.
Melki posted the video on Instagram after her mother sent the video to her through a message. The post garnered almost 20,000 views. Even the famous model Bella Hadid reposted the photo on her Instagram page. Several people left messages in favor of those in Beirut, too. Her grandmother displayed the Lebanese people’s preserving nature, Instagram users have commented.
Melki wanted to post the video in social media because of motivation. She explained the video “was capable of transmitting a message of optimism and harmony amid all the misery.”
Update: Beirut explosion
The heartbreaking moment happened less than a day after more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate ripped through the region. The highly explosive material was blamed for the explosion that killed at least 135 people and wounded over 5,000 others. The disaster cleared out streets and destroyed buildings up to 6 miles south.
The massive blast that hit a section of the city left 300,000 homeless people. Several other people went missing. Authorities said the information about the blast is still coming in. However, most people ‘most agree it was an accident, as confirmed.’