‘Thanksgiving Grandma’ celebrates 5th holiday with honorary ‘grandson’ — but without late husband
Four years after Wanda Dench became known on social media as a “Thanksgiving grandmother” – because she had accidentally invited a stranger to her Mesa, Ariz, home for a holiday – the two vacationed for the fifth time on Friday. Shared a meal of.
This year, however, Dench’s dinner with his now honorary “grandson” Jamal Hinton came with an empty seat at the table. Dench, 63, lost her husband Lonnie to coronovirus in March. Both had been married for over 40 years.
“This is my first thank you to be different without him,” Dench said. The interview. “My husband was always behind me, telling me how proud he was of Jamal and me for what he had done.”
In 2016, Dench wrote a reminder to her real grandson for a Thanksgiving dinner at her home at 3 pm, but since she changed her phone number, text hinton went instead. Despite the mistake, the ever hospitable Dench asked the then 17-year-old Hinton to join the family anyway.
“After I met for the first time, I knew that he was another person, age is really just a number,” Hinton, 21, said of Dench, According to the New York Times. “It doesn’t matter, you can be friends with anyone, you can be with anyone.”
Due to epidemic risks, the two decided to take a week off earlier this year. He also had a smaller celebration than usual but made sure to leave a picture of Lonnie on the table to keep his “family”.