Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench

Jamal Hinton Shares Accidental Text He Received: 'It's Happening Again!'

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By Melanie VanDerveer on January 14, 2023 at 4:30 PM EST

The wrong text heard 'round the world has a mini sequel. Well, kind of.

In 2016, then teenager Jamal Hinton got a text from someone claiming to be his grandmother. Wanda Dench, trying to text her grandson an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner but accidentally texting Hinton turned into an annual family affair and a beloved story. And now years later, "It's happening again," according to an Instgram post that Hinton recently shared.

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"It's Happening Again...Thanksgiving?"

Jamal Hinton's Instagram post
Jamal Hinton - Instagram

In an eerie deja vu kind of way, Hinton got an accidental text meant for someone's grandpa. Probably felt very 2016 when Dench accidentally texted Hinton thinking it was her grandson. The text reads, "Hi grandpa! It's Ella love you." Hinton responded to the sweet text, "I'm sorry, but I know for sure I am not your grandpa...have a great day!" No other context was given or any other screenshots to imply the texting continued, but the feeling that must have given Hinton is apparent.

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Many of his social media followers hopped into the comment section to discuss the irony of this accidental text. "I remember when this happened the first time, kinda crazy to see it come full circle? Better get that invite tho," one follower wrote. "I barely get texts from people I know let alone wrong numbers. How does this keep happening to you ?," another added.

Since his Thanksgivings are already booked with his last accidental texting partner, one follower suggested another holiday this time around. "Maybe Easter, though. Thanksgiving is taken ?," they wrote. Another suggested he's the grandfather now saying, "The next gen! The time has come, now you’ve got to do the hosting every year. Sorry, you’re grandpa now!"

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In the carousel of photos shared, Hinton included the original "accidental" text screenshots from 2016, where his new friendship with his new "grandma" began.

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Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench texts
Jamal Hinton - Instagram
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Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench texts
Jamal Hinton - Instagram

One follower wrote in the comments what many are probably thinking, "Omg, the sequel I didn’t know I needed." Another added a similar sentiment, "Lol the universe said he gotta new granny to love now we need him to love Ella ?? invite her . Make her part of this amazing née family unit… we need the sequel ?❤️"

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One Wrong Text Turned Into A New Family Tradition And Netflix Film

Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench
Jamal Hinton - Instagram

After meeting up for their first Thanksgiving together, the tradition has continued every Thanksgiving since. They also give regular updates on social media on their accidentally found friendship that's turned family. Because of the popularity of the story, Netflix stepped in to announce they will be making their unique story into a film. The movie, "The Thanksgiving Text" was announced in 2021, but there's no word on the cast or a release date yet.

Hinton took to social media to make the big announcement about the movie writing, "I am very excited to announce our new partnership with Netflix. We thank every single one of you for your love and support in our journey the last 6 years. We can’t wait to tell our story on the big screen! ??" 

Many of Hinton's followers talked about how excited they are for this film to be released in the comment section. "Wow! I can't wait to see that. Your story together is wonderful and inspiring," one person wrote. Another added, "Such a wonderful story!! It should be shared ❤️???"

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