Ever since the Baby Boomer generation warmed up to social media and texting, the odds of hilarious miscommunications have skyrocketed — just take a look at the various tumblrs dedicated to parents and grandparents texting, if you don’t believe me.
17-year-old Jamal Hinton experienced this universal truth for himself when he received a message from an unknown number inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner. According to the text, “Amanda” and “Justin” were also invited.
Jamal was understandably confused, and asked the anonymous sender to identify themselves. The texter replied, “Your grandma.”
“I really thought it was my grandma so I had to ask for a picture to make sure,” Jamal told BuzzFeed.
His “grandma” responded with a selfie from her office. The only snag? It wasn’t Jamal’s grandma at all.
Jamal gently pointed this out by responding with his own selfie, telling the woman that she was not, in fact, his grandma, and that she must have the wrong number. However, he also used the opportunity to ask “Can I still get a plate tho?”
His “grandma” to her immense credit, replied with “Of course you can. That’s what grandmas do … feed everyone.”
Naturally, Jamal shared the unusual and cute interaction on Twitter, where it received almost 300,000 likes.
Naturally, everyone is now rooting for this kismet Thanksgiving dinner to actually happen.
However, Jamal is also getting some shade for not obscuring the stranger’s phone number before posting the text.
This is why the internet can’t have nice things.
Jamal has warned everyone to stop texting, lest they jeopardize the possibility of his Thanksgiving dinner with total strangers.
Well, at least it was cute for that one moment before the internet had to go and ruin it. Hopefully “Grandma” will forgive Jamal and let him have that plate after all.