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Nana Texts ‘Happy Birthday’ To A Total Stranger, Then They Become ‘One Big Family’

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

We’ve all texted the wrong number and received the “Who is this?” reply. Most of us simply realize our mistake and apologize profusely before deleting that number from our phone.

Yet when Jen Deaderick got texts from a stranger, things went a little differently.

Jen looked at her phone in the morning to see that a strange number had texted her happy-birthday messages. In fact, the messages were “singing” happy birthday to her.

But it wasn’t Jen’s birthday; the messages were actually for someone named Samiya.

Still, Jen didn’t want to just tell the woman, who was apparently Samiya’s nana, that she had the wrong number. Clearly, she had put so much time and effort into the text.

What she’d sent had emojis and was four messages long. So Jen put a little thought into her response, wanting to let this nana know that she appreciated the message anyway.

Read on to find out how this nana responded!

[H/T Refinery29]

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Jen Deaderick

When Jen got happy birthday texts from a stranger, she knew she needed to let the woman know she had the wrong number.

Jen texted back, telling her she appreciated the sentiment, but she wasn’t the right person.

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Jen Deaderick

But then the funniest thing happened — they kept texting.

Jen had assumed the woman wouldn’t keep responding, but they struck up a conversation and started chatting about life.

Soon enough, the woman, Nana Opal, had agreed to wish Jen a happy birthday on her actual birthday as well. She put it in her calendar and everything!

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Jen Deaderick

Then they started talking about family.

Jen shared a photo of her with her mother, nana, and great nana — she wanted Opal to know who she was sending a happy birthday message to.

And Opal reciprocated with photos of her own family!

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Jen Deaderick

By the end of their conversation, Opal was calling herself Jen’s “adopted nana, Opal.”

Not only did these two women strike up a conversation, they built themselves an extended family — all from one accidental text.

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Jen posted about the encounter on Twitter, where people absolutely loved the story.

We usually hear such negative things about strangers on the phone or internet, so it was great to see something so positive!

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Jen Deaderick

Jen and Opal are truly an inspiration to all of us — and a good reminder to always be nice to others.

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