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Grandma Accidentally Invites Stranger To Thanksgiving By Text, Six Years Later They Still Get Together

Some see coincidences as complete random chances and some see it as the universe's way of aligning its stars. Whether everything happens for a reason or is off to chance, the moment this grandma coincidentally texted a stranger by mistake ended up changing both their lives.

She accidentally invited a teen she had never met to Thanksgiving dinner, and the duo has decided to continue the tradition for the sixth year in a row.

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It All Started With One Text To A Wrong Number

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This story actually started back in 2016 when news of a grandma who texted the wrong number went viral. You may remember the story of the teen who was brought to a random grandma together for the Thanksgiving holiday.

To refresh your memory, the tradition started when Wanda Dench, now sixty-four years old, thought she was texting her grandson to invite him to Thanksgiving. Instead, she actually texted Jamal Hinton, who was only 17 at the time.

Jamal Asked The Wrong Number for A Picture

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Jamal was confused by the initial texts wondering how this could even be his grandma. So, he asked the number texting him to send a picture. Confused by the request, Wanda complied anyway having still no idea that she was texting a wrong number.

Upon seeing Wanda, Jamal replied "[You're] not my grandma," with a laughing emoji.

Jamal Accepted The Invite Anyway

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Once Jamal clarified that Wanda was not actually his grandma, he asked if he could stop by for dinner anyway, likely not expecting to actually be able to go. But Wanda surprised him when she welcomed him with open arms, explaining that "that's what grandmas do… feed everyone."

Jamal was over the moon and shared the whole encounter on Twitter then with the caption: "grandma is coming in clutch this year!! Ayee!!!" That's when the story went viral and now six years later, it's coming back to make the rounds as they reunite again.

The Meaning of Thanksgiving

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The beloved national holiday is about more than just good turkey and a secret family recipe of mac and cheese. It's a day about gratitude, shared with the ones we love most. Yet Wanda shows us that gratitude can be felt even towards strangers. Her random act of kindness has made not only Jamal feel loved and blessed from the day he met her but gave hope to the rest of the world that there is still good out there.

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Two Peas In A Pod

Jamal instantly got along with Wanda and her husband and created a bond that would not be broken over time. Even though Wanda had to change her number once it went viral and thousands messaged her every day about her story, she kept in touch with Jamal, asking him to make the drive every year to join her family for dinner.

This year, for the 6th time, it was no exception. "For everyone who thinks it's just for the cameras and social media! We are so blessed to have Wanda and Lonnie in our lives and we all are so happy to know our story has touched so many people," explains Jamal on Twitter.

"Family is More Than Blood"

Wanda got used to strangers from a young age. She explained in an interview that she grew up in the military with her father being in the Navy and her husband in the Army.

Wanda had to move a lot around to new places so she quickly got used to strangers. She explains: "Family is more than blood, it's the people you want to be with." That's why when she first invited Jamal, she made sure that he didn't go back to being a stranger after meeting once and made him family from that moment forward.

Tragedy Skips No One, Not Even The Good Ones

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Sadly Wanda's story wasn't all happy and her family got hit hard by the pandemic. Both she and her husband got sick with the virus, and even though she managed to survive, her husband's life was taken by sickness.

Jamal's heart broke by the news: "As some of you may have already found out tonight Lonnie did not make it… he passed away Sunday morning. But Wanda told me all the love and support he was receiving put a huge smile on his face so I thank every single one of you guys for that!" Even this tragedy wouldn't stop the tradition.

In Togetherness There Is Peace

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Even the loss of her husband didn't stop Wanda from inviting Jamal over once again. She knew it's what her husband would have wanted.

Thanksgiving definitely would be different that year but Wanda was glad that she kept the tradition alive. "I can't even explain how much joy I had, having good food with my favorite company," she said in an interview, "We laughed, we had a great time, we reminisced about the past. It was so good for all of us...we just told jokes and stories and shared our memories of Lonnie, so it was amazing."

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The 5 Practices Highly Respected People Do Everyday​

Highly Respected People Are Admired For Their Characteristics

Ever wonder why some people seem to naturally earn everyone else's respect? They may even come off as intimidating. Maybe it's in the way they walk or the way they dress, and while those are factors, what makes them highly respected is the practices that they make part of their everyday routine.

These habits are not easy to form but those who have them create the traits that earn them the respect that they deserve. Here's how.

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They Read Actual Physical Book

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Harry S. Truman, also known as the 33rd U.S. Presidents, once said, "ot all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Reading is the way that these people cut out the noise, and step away from distractions. They devote time where all their focus is on acquiring knowledge.

They're not reading on the iPad where 5 notifications about Karen's new hair color might pop up. Rather, they are investing in themselves by taking the time that develop a variety of skills that ultimately end up making them respected.

They Control Their Reactions

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You'll rarely catch a highly respected person rolling their eyes at someone or gossiping behind someone else's back. Highly respected people treat others the way that they want to be treated.

The trick is in thinking before they speak. They have an ability to calculate the consequences of their actions as to control their reactions before their facial expressions or body language gets the better of them. They have great social skills and are great at resolving conflict before it escalates.

They communicate Assertively

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Highly respected people have very tailored communications skills. They are aware of their tone, presentation, and vocabulary because they've learned that if they communicate too passively or too aggressively, their message will get lost.

Those who are highly respected have a deep understanding of others. They know that people often react to delivery instead of the content so they make sure that the delivery is assertive and doesn't hold strong emotions as to not provoke anyone.

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They Know The Line between Confidence And Arrogance

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You might think that a person can be respected just because they're really good at something but it turns out that competence and respect don't automatically come together.

Rather, competence needs to be shown with confidence while still not crossing the line into arrogance. A person earns the most respect when they're confident in their skills and abilities but don't use them to brag and boost their ego.

They Show Competence With Warmth

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Highly respected people earn their competence with practice, hard work, and growth. Being smart enough or skilled enough and confident enough is also not enough to be highly respected.

Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy found that competence is only the second most important trait for earning respect. The first is actually warmth. When you meet someone new, you intuitively as yourself "can I trust this person?" and "can I respect them?" Trust comes from being warm and kind while respect comes from being competent. To be highly respected you need both.

They Are Always Willing To Change

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Highly respected people are on a journey. They don't get comfortable and then stop putting in an effort. They know that every day they need to use their time wisely and efficiently to get themselves closer to their goals and the kind of person that they want to be.

They're always on the hunt for new challenges and skills and they take the time to reflect on their actions to work on their internal growth.

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