Now that Thanksgiving 2017 is in the books, we actually have some time to sit back and think about all of the things that we are thankful for. For me, personally, it is about the people that I choose to have in my life.
It seems that most people would have to agree with that sentiment. It's not about what you have, but rather who you have to share it with. One grandmother from Mesa, Arizona is the living embodiment of everything that is great in the world.
Leading up to Thanksgiving in 2016, Wanda Dench sent a text message to her grandson. What she wasn't aware of is that her grandson had changed his phone number, so in essence she had just invited a complete stranger to come feast at her house.
That stranger was 17-year-old Jamal Hinton from Chandler, Arizona. When he received the strange text from the number he didn't know, he was a little confused. He asked for a picture of the woman claiming to be his grandma, and when they discovered the mix-up, he still asked if "he could get a plate?"
Dench, being the caring woman that she is, obviously invited the total stranger to come and enjoy dinner, and the teenager accepted, becoming a dinner guest at her family's table.
What was once just a random situation has now turned into a beautiful connection.