I know this isn’t exactly a ‘highly suggestible’ topic, but for a bit of variety I wanted to introduce you to my thumbs. You might not actively be aware of them in my photos, but I certainly am!
I’ve got brachydactyly, a harmless genetic defect characterised by the nail bed of my thumbs being wider than the length of the top joint of my thumbs. That’s as opposed to syndactyly, which is the full or partial fusion of digits, or polydactyly, which is having extra digits (who knew my grade 10 genetics project would come in handy 15 years later!)
As an added point of interest, parrots and other birds that can climb/clamber through foliage are classified zygodactyly because two toes point forwards and two point backwards in a split grip, which means they can use their feet like hands and grasp objects.
To prove relevance, here’s a picture of Noodle, one of our two cockatiels (and one of our three birds in total) who decided he wanted in on the photo shoot one day.
I’ve always had hand/finger envy, and my thumbs have always made me a bit self conscious because they’re so stumpy. The husband endearingly teases me and calls them my ‘nubs’, or that I’m a Brachydactasaurus dinosaur. In retaliation I threaten to nub him to death, but really, I just find that my thumbs are really effective at gripping and pressing down really hard.
At an early age I figured I’d never be able to wear fake nails because the shape of my thumbnails was too misshapen for what came in the packs, and for a long time I thought I had made my nails that shape from years and years of biting. It’s all right, you’re born with this, you don’t develop it. Gnaw away.
Overall I’m at peace with my thumbs, along with the fact I have slightly hairy fingers and will never be a hand model, although I do catch myself hiding them both in person and in photos at times. However, I’ve got great grip when it comes to rock climbing and pole tricks, am double jointed at the thumb joint, can twist my fingers into a variety of odd and completely redundant shapes, and bend all my fingers back past 180 degrees flat.
Have you got any less than common physical traits that make you, you? A funky nail, a strategically placed freckle/mole, a tuft of prematurely white hair, hyper flexible knees? Share below, I’d love to hear about them!