Grandma who invited wrong teen to Thanksgiving last year invites him again this year
Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together, eat way too much turkey and try to avoid awkward conversations about politics. At least, that's the idea. However, if you live far away from your family, and you're already planning to visit them in a month for Christmas, you might elect to stay home and spend Thanksgiving with friends. But what if all your friends are out of town with their families, and you can't do "Friendsgiving"? It's not uncommon to find yourself alone on Turkey Day, without any plans.
If that's the case, what do you do? Buy a bucket of KFC, for the saddest Thanksgiving dinner ever? Maybe. Or you could do something totally random, and have an amazing experience meeting new people. That's what happened last year, to 18-year-old Jamal Hilton in Phoenix, Arizona. A stranger accidentally texted him, bringing him into a group chat with all the deets on Thanksgiving Dinner 2016. While it was clearly a wrong number, he replied, asking who was contacting him.
"Thanksgiving dinner is at my house on Nov. 24 at 3:00pm. Let me if you're coming. Hope to see you all. Of course that includes Amanda & Justin."
"Who is [this]?"
Could it be Jamal's grandma? Probably not. But he asked for a photo, just to be safe.
"Grandma? Can I have a picture?"
Grandma sent a smiling selfie, and Jamal responded with his own selfie. As you can see, the two are clearly not related. (It's the eyes. They have very different eyes). But hey, who can turn down a free meal? Jamal asked - perhaps jokingly - if he could still have a plate. To his surprise, "Grandma" said yes, and her response was pretty much perfect.
"You not my grandma. Can I still get a plate tho?
"Of course you can. That's what grandma's do...feed everyone."
That's what grandmas do, feed everyone - even complete strangers! Jamal accepted her generous invite and tweeted about the interaction, getting over 400,000 likes and 200,000 retweets. Everyone was thrilled by their story, which shows the true spirit of Thanksgiving.
Flash forward one year, to 2017, and look who decided to spend Thanksgiving together again? That's right - Jamal and his "Grandma."
In an interview, Jamal discussed their relationship:
"She contacts me a lot. As a grandma would. She's very sweet.
"People love it. They say we're the kings of Thanksgiving.
Everything about it is amazing."
Once again, the responses on Twitter were great:
"I actually wanna see this turned into a movie y'all."
"I instantly recognized you guys from last year. You went again this year? I love it."
"you are a great example for the rest of the world to follow. It’s time we set aside our differences and become truly united in making the world a better place!"
"Two years in a row. Now it is a holiday tradition and you have to do it every year."
That's right. There's no more worries about future Thanksgivings - Jamal will always have a plate at her table. And if you don't have any plans for next Thanksgiving, just text random numbers "Can I spend Thanksgiving with you?" Maybe a kind Grandma will write back. Or maybe a crazy person will invite you over and murder you. Worth the risk, in my opinion.