@pucksandpuzzles

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

@unMuseMe

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

@joannmarieee

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

@freifeld10

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

@BigBlueWest

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

@danieljtgallen

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

@RyanKaltenbach

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

@soccermomrn

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

@nathangiannini

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

@Jennalrb

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

@metamurphius

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

@ayyoung22

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

@RobCarlinCSN

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

@Wx_Ben

Hired a photographer in Paris to snap photos of my proposal

@the506

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

@SethDavisHoops

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

Co.Create

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.

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.

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7 Comments

  • Tj

    i would have liked to see the photos and read the captions... except that the Loft ad that kept expanding everytime I clicked through to a new picture drove me crazy. i gave up after 4 photos.

    a good example of how annoying bad ad design and execution can be.

  • deve2468

    I totally agree. Annoying and obtrusive it totally ruined the experience of viewing the images and captions. I couldn't finish. Can't FC do something about how these ads are designed and integrated? It's not working.

  • Wes

    Yup!  That got to these 72yo eyes.  Wonder-filled pictures.  Wonderful idea.   Thank you...........!!!

  • Eric Pomert

    So refreshing.  It's been a hyperfast day, and I SO appreciate something that instantly slows me down to the pace of life outside time.

  • Anneulegg

    That was fantastic! Thank you for the wonderful reminder of what is really important !