Uncategorized
5-yr-old insists he & classmate look like twins but mom breaks down when teacher sends photo
His perception is spot-on! 🥰
Michael Dabu
10.06.20

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3

Myles found his best buddy in kindergarten. Though they hadn’t played at each other’s house yet, they sure had spent most of their time together at school.

When the school announced the “Twin Day” event, Myles knew right away who he wanted to buddy-up with.

Pexels
Source:
Pexels

At bedtime, Myles told his mom, Britney Tankersley, about his much-awaited event at school and that he wanted to be partnered with none other than his best friend, Tanner.

The 5-year-old boy kept reiterating that he and his buddy really look alike. And for the event to make sense, he wanted to be twins for the day with his friend.

Facebook/Britney Tankersley
Source:
Facebook/Britney Tankersley

His mom, Britney, was curious about what her son’s friend really looks like.

She was not certain who exactly the boy was, therefore, she had no means to communicate with the kid’s parents to talk about their matching outfits.

“He went on and on about how they looked exactly the same. ‘We both have brown eyes, we both have dark hair,’ and he was just adamant … so I head to Walmart and I’m like, irritated. I’m like, this is too late. I’m too old for this.”

Facebook/Britney Tankersley
Source:
Facebook/Britney Tankersley

She tried to get ahold of the boy’s parents first, then at 9 in the evening, she headed to a store near their home in Alabama.

There, she found a pair of buttondown shirts in their sizes, each printed with “Future Leader.”

After all the effort, Britney wanted nothing but a picture of Myles and his twin pal.

She wanted her post-bedtime search for matching outfits to be paid-off. After all, who wouldn’t want a photo of two handsome little boys, right? Britney asked Myles’ teacher to take a picture of her son and his twin for the day.

Facebook/Britney Tankersley
Source:
Facebook/Britney Tankersley

Myles, who wears a cochlear implant, kept on telling them stories about how he and his friend really look a ton alike, so she was excited, and at the same time, she was intrigued to find out if she shared her son’s perception.

When her son’s teacher sent her their photo, Britney was shocked!

“Obviously two very different children, but Myles didn’t see that. Wouldn’t the world be such a better place if we could all view it through the eyes of a couple five-year-olds?”

Facebook/Britney Tankersley
Source:
Facebook/Britney Tankersley

Then she burst into tears.

“I was basically crying because it was so sweet. Obviously, I know that they don’t look alike at all. But he didn’t see that, you know? I expect to get a picture of another white child with light skin and brown hair, whatever, but I didn’t get that at all. And I said, ‘That is the sweetest thing in the whole world.’”

Facebook/Britney Tankersley
Source:
Facebook/Britney Tankersley

Britney shared the photo on her Facebook account and penned a heartfelt message about what she felt after seeing the picture. Surprisingly, the photo went viral and has already been shared 271K times, with 511K “likes”, and 51K comments.

“It’s so crazy. My objective is never to be in the spotlight, but I think the message is more important than how much it exploded.”

Friendship knows no color.

Pexels
Source:
Pexels

Myles and Tanner are truly the best of friends. In fact, they live just a few minutes away from each other.

Since the heartwarming surprise from the Twin Day, their families now regularly spend time together so that the two little boys can bond even outside school hours.

Their teachers were also touched with the beautiful friendship that Myles and Tanner have.

“There’s always a lot of kids that dress up that don’t look alike, but this was unique. I was kind of put in my place because I was expecting to see something totally different, and that’s not what it was at all.”

Facebook/Britney Tankersley
Source:
Facebook/Britney Tankersley

Britney is actually correct, this world that we live in would become a much better place for everyone if we all saw it through the eyes of a child.

We hope that Myles and Tanner’s friendship will carry on and blossom even more as they grow older.

Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

By Michael Dabu
[email protected]
Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
Advertisement
Advertisement