We are loving the January 2012 issue of National Geographic. Peter Miller’s “A Thing or Two About Twins” details how identical twins can differ in many ways even though the share the same DNA. Most striking about the article are the powerful side-by-side portraits of identical twins. The pictures are a highly effective way to show the slight but definitely noticeable differences between seemingly identical twins. It’s a great conversation starter for anyone looking to engage in a nature vs. nurture debate.
Another fascinating article on the sometimes pronounced differences between identical twins comes from the The Boston Globe, which last month published an inspiring piece on the journey of a family with identical twin boys, Jonas and Wyatt, whose lives began to diverge in challenging ways from very early on. One of the boys always insisted he was a girl trapped in a boy’s body, and the family went from having two sons to accepting one of their boy’s desire to be a girl, and turning into a family of a twin son and daughter, Jonas and Nicole — a life-altering experience to say the least.
“Led by the child who simply knew,” written by Bella English, is a wide-eyed read that touches on every aspect of human emotion and family bonds. As Bella writes, “a lesson in the courage of a child, a child who led them [family]…” The article is an honest portrayal of a child who knew he was born to be something, someone else. And that someone else was female.
The piece itself delves into the intimate details of a child once lost and confused, who now seems a healthy, happy 14-year-old girl. The article highlights this family’s phases of doubt, fear, relief and excitement throughout their journey.
To read more on Jonas and Nicole, click here.
For the full National Geographic article, click here.
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