A Grandma And Teen Share 4 Thanksgivings Together After Wrong Number Text

| Trending
ADVERTISEMENT
Thanksgiving Texts
Jamal Hinton/Twitter

In 2016, Wanda Dench accidentally sent a Thanksgiving invitation text to the wrong number. However, when the mystery receiver asked to join her and her family, Dench gladly said yes. That started a Thanksgiving tradition that both now look forward to each year. Here’s the unlikely friendship of Wanda and Jamal…

The Fateful Thanksgiving Text

Grandma and Teen Thanksgiving
Jamal Hinton/Twitter

As the name implies, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the great things in your life, all while surrounded by loved ones. Often, the extended family receives invites to the dinner, as well as special guests, like partners or best friends. Still, you usually don’t see these guests again until next year – if ever again! However, sometimes, a beautiful friendship can sprout with one of these unexpected guests. Such was the case for Wanda Dench, from Mesa, Arizona.

In 2016, Dench sent out a family text, asking which members would attend her yearly Thanksgiving celebration. “Thanksgiving at my house… hope to see you all,” the loving grandmother wrote. But she had no idea that she was accidentally texting the wrong person – or that they would respond!

“Who Is This?”

Thanksgiving Texts
Jamal Hinton/Twitter

Dench received a text back from one of the numbers she initially sent the invite to. The message said, “Who is this?” to which Dench replied, “Your grandma.” The conversation continued getting stranger: the mystery sender wrote back, “Grandma? Can I have a picture?”

Dench felt confused. “Of who?” she replied. “Of you,” the person replied. Dench sent a selfie of herself and thought nothing of it; perhaps one of her grandchildren was messing with her. However, Dench got a text back – a photo of a young man – a total stranger – who wrote, “You’re not my grandma. Can I still have a plate, though?”

The loving grandma did not hesitate a second before responding: “Of course you can. That’s what grandmas do… feed everyone!” Eventually, the grandmother discovered the mystery sender was a young man named Jamal Hinton. He took a screenshot of their conversation and posted it to his Twitter account. That year, the tweet received over 140,000 likes and retweets. And so, Hinton joined the Dench family’s Thanksgiving dinner, which included her grandson. And they’ve been honoring this tradition ever since.

“Family Is More Than Blood”

Grandma and Teen Thanksgiving
Jamal Hinton/Twitter

Online users love catching up with the two every year, asking how the Thanksgiving dinner went. Speaking to the Washington Post, Hinton said Dench is a lovely person. Dench said she learned all about welcoming new people and becoming friends with newcomers from her family, who were in the military; they were always moving around and meeting new people.

And just like in every family, the circle keeps expanding at Dench’s Thanksgiving dinner. Hinton invited his girlfriend, Mikaela, this year; Dench even inited Hinton’s aunt for the holiday. The young man enjoys these Thanksgiving dinners so much. He explained, “We don’t watch TV or anything. We just sit at the table for a couple of hours and talk the whole time and tell stories and see how we’ve been. Time kind of just flies, we don’t even realize how long we’ve been there. They’re really good company.”

This “odd” family, which came together after sending a text to the wrong number, became so close that Dench made him a scrapbook of their Thanksgivings together, and asked him if he wants to come over for dinner every  Sunday. This year they even went to a pumpkin patch together! Hinton even wishes he could host everyone one day – but as he and Mikaela moved an apartment, they couldn’t do it. “Next year!” He said.

To sum it all up, Dench asked how she feels about the new members around the Thanksgiving dinner. “Family is more than blood. It’s the people you want to be with.”

Sources: 22 Words, Washington Post.