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Bestagram: See Photos That Capture The Single Greatest Moment Of People's Lives

Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch asked his Twitter followers if any had a photograph of the best moment in their lives. The responses were overwhelming—get ready to cry for real.

  • <p>Seeing my son, who once couldn’t tolerate skates on feet b/c of autism, skate <a href="http://twitter.com/pucksandpuzzles/status/354639415487901696/photo/1" target="_blank">in front of 47k people</a></p>
  • <p>Best Moment: my son with autism connecting with our new kitten…</p>
  • <p>the night I skipped homework to spend time with <a href="http://twitter.com/joannmarieee/status/354473081617674240/photo/1" target="_blank">my Grammy</a>, one of my last times</p>
  • <p>the <a href="http://twitter.com/freifeld10/status/356809777084522497/photo/1" target="_blank">first time</a> my big girl read to my little girl before bed…on her own</p>
  • <p>My wife’s <a href="http://twitter.com/BigBlueWest/status/354468633742827520/photo/1" target="_blank">sons</a> waiting to walk her down the aisle. Sonoma. Just two weekends ago.</p>
  • <p>both <a href="http://twitter.com/danieljtgallen/status/358454379419951104/photo/1" target="_blank">my grandparents</a> passed away a year ago this week. This is right before I graduated HS</p>
  • <p>The day my <a href="http://twitter.com/RyanKaltenbach/status/354467802482089984/photo/1" target="_blank">wife woke up</a> after her double-lung/heart transplant.</p>
  • <p>See my daughter hold her daughter for the first time. <a href="https://twitter.com/soccermomrn/status/356001760554405888/photo/1" target="_blank">love being a grandma</a>!</p>
  • <p>Qualifying for the <a href="http://twitter.com/nathangiannini/status/354464826023608320/photo/1" target="_blank">Boston Marathon</a> a year after dropping out at Mile 25</p>
  • <p>The day my son, <a href="http://twitter.com/Jennalrb/status/355877705138466816/photo/1" target="_blank">was born,</a> after having 3 losses, we were told having a child would be impossible…</p>
  • <p>celebrating turning <a href="http://twitter.com/metamurphius/status/355902816189042688/photo/1" target="_blank">50 in Cabo</a> with four forever friends from grade school</p>
  • <p><a href="http://twitter.com/ayyoung22/status/354685808751550465/photo/1" target="_blank">The moment</a> I walked my daughter (as flower girl) down the aisle to marry her mother</p>
  • <p>Easy choice.. Jordan & Nola coming into my life on <a href="http://twitter.com/RobCarlinCSN/status/354463611948769282/photo/1" target="_blank">11/8/11</a>.. And every day since!</p>
  • <p>Hired a photographer in Paris to <a href="http://twitter.com/Wx_Ben/status/354454305413148674/photo/1" target="_blank">snap photos</a> of my proposal</p>
  • <p>My nephew was born a week before my grandfather died. <a href="http://t.co/x5jLOiFWG4" target="_blank">I took one pic</a> of all 4 generations together.</p>
  • <p>Introducing my two sons to their little brother. <a href="http://twitter.com/SethDavisHoops/status/362000240359903232/photo/1" target="_blank">This is the first-ever picture of them all together</a></p>
  • 01 /16
    | @pucksandpuzzles

    Seeing my son, who once couldn’t tolerate skates on feet b/c of autism, skate in front of 47k people

  • 02 /16
    | @unMuseMe

    Best Moment: my son with autism connecting with our new kitten…

  • 03 /16
    | @joannmarieee

    the night I skipped homework to spend time with my Grammy, one of my last times

  • 04 /16
    | @freifeld10

    the first time my big girl read to my little girl before bed…on her own

  • 05 /16
    | @BigBlueWest

    My wife’s sons waiting to walk her down the aisle. Sonoma. Just two weekends ago.

  • 06 /16
    | @danieljtgallen

    both my grandparents passed away a year ago this week. This is right before I graduated HS

  • 07 /16
    | @RyanKaltenbach

    The day my wife woke up after her double-lung/heart transplant.

  • 08 /16
    | @soccermomrn

    See my daughter hold her daughter for the first time. love being a grandma!

  • 09 /16
    | @nathangiannini

    Qualifying for the Boston Marathon a year after dropping out at Mile 25

  • 10 /16
    | @Jennalrb

    The day my son, was born, after having 3 losses, we were told having a child would be impossible…

  • 11 /16
    | @metamurphius

    celebrating turning 50 in Cabo with four forever friends from grade school

  • 12 /16
    | @ayyoung22

    The moment I walked my daughter (as flower girl) down the aisle to marry her mother

  • 13 /16
    | @RobCarlinCSN

    Easy choice.. Jordan & Nola coming into my life on 11/8/11.. And every day since!

  • 14 /16
    | @Wx_Ben

    Hired a photographer in Paris to snap photos of my proposal

  • 15 /16
    | @the506

    My nephew was born a week before my grandfather died. I took one pic of all 4 generations together.

  • 16 /16
    | @SethDavisHoops

    Introducing my two sons to their little brother. This is the first-ever picture of them all together

Twitter is responsible for so many false rumors, terrible hashtag games, and unfortunate Geraldo Rivera selfies that it can be difficult to remember that it can also be used for good instead of evil. One user recently reaffirmed our collective belief that it’s possible for this technology to bring out the best in us.

Back in July, Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch tweeted out a simple question: "How many of you have a photograph of the single best moment of your life?" Somehow this question cut through the thick sludge of irony and dumb jokes that makes up Twitter’s surface layer and yielded some honest, poignant responses—with photographic evidence!

Over the next few days on Twitter, responses continued to pour in, with Deitsch’s followers briefly describing what they considered to be the best moment of their lives, accompanied by pictures. There are almost as many sports moments as there are childbirths, but the big throughline appears to be family and friendship—little girls making their grandmother smile in her final days, say, or the lifelong friends celebrating their 50th birthday together. It’s kind of sappy, but then again, so is humanity altogether, and you have to admire the way one man was able to crowdsource a thorough cross section of it.

Look through some of the best of the best in the slides above.