Best Baby Photo Ever


Used with permission of Emily Zanotti

Awww. One of the greatest shots ever, no? And not what I expect to find on Twitter, fersure, which made it even better.

Was it posed? Sure. Newborns can’t do that with their fingers. But I still like it, because it expresses something true about twins. And maybe something that could be true of me.

What if I had been born as part of a twin-set, as it were? What if I were as close to even one other human as twins are reputed to be close to each other?

What if I just lived as if I had been separated at birth from my twin, and saw every other person I met as possibly being my lost twin?

I wonder what sort of picture that would make.


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6 Responses to Best Baby Photo Ever

  1. Carla says:

    An interesting perspective Isabel! It would surely be filled with lessons in love and compassion, and a little bit of tolerance thrown in fersure, I’d say!

  2. I have envied that closeness between twins I have known. I suppose, since you posit the notion of a “lost twin”, that my more problematical relationship with my sister explains my envy. At the same time, the closeness between sisters, even quite different ones, can evoke the same wistfulness in girls without sisters even if they have a brother. You have twigged to something quite profound about our need to be understood and to communicate.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – I haven’t known many twins, but one fraternal set I knew exhibited all the canonical features of the relationship. It’s enough to make you wonder if any two kiddies would be that close if raised together.

  3. barbara carlson says:

    My first reaction? That’s creepy. Like seeing a full set of teeth on a newborn.
    There are just too many fingers there. And too big and are those fingernails painted?
    or Photoshop saturated?

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – LOL. My kids had big hands (like big feet on a puppy) so it didn’t strike me as wrong. To each their own, I guess.

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