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Thanksgiving Grandma And Accidental Dinner Guest Spend Sixth Holiday Together

Anish Vij

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Thanksgiving Grandma And Accidental Dinner Guest Spend Sixth Holiday Together

Many of us have text messaged the wrong person and probably assumed they knew it was clearly a mistake. But there's always one who then feels the need to play along with it, and you can't really say no.

Well, six years ago, an accidental text was sent to Jamal Hinton from Wanda Dench - who had, by mistake, invited him over for Thanksgiving dinner.

In 2016, Jamal told her that she had the wrong person but said he would 'get a plate' anyway.

Incredibly, this is now the sixth year they've spent the holiday together.


In their original interaction, Wanda messaged Jamal with the time he should get to her home on 24 November 2016.

He responded asking who she was and the pair adorably shared pictures of themselves with Jamal writing: "You not my grandma," before adding: "Can I still get a plate tho?"

Wanda then responded: "Of course you can. That's what grandma's do...feed every one."


Since that message, Wanda welcomed Jamal to have a meal alongside her family every year, although 2020 ended up being very different as Wanda's husband, Lonnie, passed away from Covid-19.

Not forgetting him, Lonnie was honoured at the table with a photograph and a candle, while Wanda ended up saying grace - a job that would usually be Lonnie's.


Posting to let people know what their tradition is still going strong, Jamal wrote on Twitter (14 November): "We are all set for year 6!"

Alongside the tweet, he added a picture of his and Wanda's conversation, writing: "It would be great if you, Mikaela [Jamal's girlfriend] and your family would come to my house on Thanksgiving day to share good food and great conversation. Your friend always, Wanda."

Jamal replied saying: "Yes we would love to," and asked: "What time are you thinking?"

Credit: Twitter/@Jamalhinton12
Credit: Twitter/@Jamalhinton12

Commenting on Jamal's post, one person wrote: "Didn't know they were still going.

"That makes me happy. This is one of my favourite good things."

Another added: "This tradition brings me so much joy every year. And I love how she's Grandma Wanda in your phone. I just wish her husband was still here, but he will be in spirit."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@Jamalhinton12

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