Let’s admit the fact that we all have, at some point of time sent the message to the wrong person. The shudder is usually set in the straightway, leaving us with a bundle of chances for regret – but this grandma has managed to turn the situation of misinterpreted identity into Thanksgiving tradition.
Looking back to 2016, Arizona-based Wanda Dench the grandma delivered usual messages to her family members reminding them of the Thanksgiving dinner times. But unfortunately there was a little problem – instead of messaging her grandson, she by mistake sent a text to a young man whose name was Jamal Hinton the teen.
Their message interchange obviously led to a bit of confusion, with requests for photos justifying up that Jamal Hinton the teen was definitely not Wanda’s Dench grandson.
After clearing all the doubts, Jamal Hinton the teen requested if he could still ‘grab a plate’ – to which Wanda replied in the honest soul of the holiday and decided to invite the teen to her place.
It has been since then Jamal Hinton, the teen has joined Wanda Dench, grandma with her family for Thanksgiving as her ‘honorary grandson‘, as an annual tradition of Thanksgiving.
Wanda said “It was really nice having everybody here. 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. We had a laugh and a good time,” in the year 2017
Year after year Jamal posted pictures about spending the holiday with Wanda the grandma and her family, posting up tales of their humbleness on the social platform, and this year he posted three photos of the pair with the caption: “2016, 2017…2018.”
The grandma and the teen have a chat at least once a week, with this tradition of Thanksgiving, the message mistake also led to a completely new friendship.
In the year 2016, just after their first dinner together or the Thanksgiving tradition, Jamal Hinton said to ABC15: “I’d never seen her before and she welcomed me into her home. That shows me how great of a person she is, I’m thankful for people like that.”
Both of them the grandma and the teen are happy to see the friendship continue and share a familial relationship – as Wanda – who Jamal calls his ‘other grandma’ – said to the Arizona Republic: “For him to continue with the relationship, I’m just really pleasantly surprised. We’re more of extended family and, best of all, friends.