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Grandmother Shares Fourth Thanksgiving with Man She Accidentally Texted

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • accidentally: by chance, by mistake
  • invite: to ask someone to attend an event
  • go viral: to quickly become popular on the Internet
  • upload: to put information on the Internet, especially pictures, videos, or articles

Grandmother Shares Fourth Thanksgiving with Man She Accidentally Texted

In 2016, Arizona grandmother Wanda Dench sent out texts to members of her to invite them to Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of texting her grandson, however, she accidentally sent a to then 17-year-old Jamal Hinton. While Dench soon realized she had the wrong person, Hinton asked if he could come to the dinner anyway. The two posted a on social media, which quickly went viral. Hinton and Dench have celebrated Thanksgiving together every year since then, and every year he has uploaded a new photo of the two of them together. Last was the fourth Thanksgiving he spent with her family.

Comprehension Questions

1. When Dench first texted Hinton, she was trying to text

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When Dench first texted Hinton, she was trying to text her grandson.

2. After taking the picture, the two

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After taking the picture, the two posted it on social media.

3. In total, Dench and Hinton have spent

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In total, Dench and Hinton have spent four Thanksgiving dinners together.

Discussion Question: It’s very easy to send a message to the wrong number. Has this ever happened to you? What did you do?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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