When the best plans go astray, accidents can take their place, and the results can be just as good—if not better. Just ask Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench, total strangers who met seven years ago after a text message seeking Thanksgiving plans went wrong.
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, Hinton shared a photo of Dench standing outside the Cheesecake Factory restaurant, revealing that the pair are continuing their viral legacy, which began entirely by accident.
“To answer all your questions, yes Thanksgiving is planned for year 7! See you all on Thursday!” Hinton captioned the photo with a turkey and black heart emoji.
That’s how it all started.
In 2016, Dench, of Mesa, Arizona, accidentally sent Hinton a text, telling the then-17-year-old that Thanksgiving dinner would be held at her house on Nov. 24 at 3 p.m.
It was for her grandson, who changed his number. Instead, Hinton received the message while he was in class at Desert Vista High School.
When the teen asked who sent it, Dench responded with an emoji of an elderly woman: “Your grandmother.”
Hinton wrote back, asking for a photo to prove the number really belonged to his grandmother.
After she sent a selfie of herself at work, he replied with a picture of his face and a text saying she wasn’t his grandma.
“Can I still get a plate?” Hinton suggested mildly.
“Sure. That’s what grandma does…feed everyone,” she replied with a piece of cake emoji, so the couple lives on to this day.
We are all ready for Year 6! pic.twitter.com/wEQioizWGd
— Jamal Hinton (@Jamalhinton12) November 14, 2021
Hinton told his social media followers last week that the two will once again celebrate the day together.
In an interview with azfamily.com earlier this week, Dench and Hinton reflected on their friendship.
“I would have missed a great relationship,” Dench said when asked what would have happened if she hadn’t invited Hinton all those years ago. “My perception of the younger generation has changed a lot, and looking back over the years, I didn’t change their lives; they changed mine.”