Grandma’s Accidental Text Leads to New Thanksgiving Tradition

November 30, 2017

Have you ever sent an accidental text message? This grandma has and now it started a new Thanksgiving tradition with a total stranger.

Last year, Wanda Dench meant to send a group message to a few family members inviting them over for Thanksgiving. Unbeknownst to her, one of her grandsons had changed his number a few months ago and the new number now belonged to Jamal Hinton, a 17-year-old high schooler.

Hinton and Dench’s text exchange was shared by a friend of Hinton’s on Twitter and it instantly went viral. Here are the screenshots that he shared of their conversation:

After concluding that this was not his grandma, Hinton still asked if the invitation still stood for Thanksgiving dinner. “Of course you can,” Dench replied. “That’s what grandmas do, feed everyone.”

The two kept in contact over the next few days and actually wound up spending Thanksgiving together after all.

Their first time meeting each other was even captured on video.

Since last year’s Thanksgiving dinner, the to have still been in contact with each other.

“We’re more of extended family and, best of all, friends,” said Dench. Hinton came over for Thanksgiving again this year, beginning a new tradition.

“We got to laugh about last year and reminisce about how it all blew up on our phone and how I had to change my number,” Dench said. “We had a laugh and a good time.”

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