Writer James Baldwin once said that his stepfather said he was the ugliest baby he'd ever seen....
Or maybe it was he was the only ugly baby he'd ever seen. QUESTION: What makes an "ugly" baby because to me all babies have something cute until about the age of 1.
There ARE ugly babies. Really. The son of the woman in the room with me when one of my daughters was born had a super-long nose that curved under like a hook. Sort of distracted you from the strawberry birthmark smack on top of his little bald head. Out of politeness, I wasn't about to mention the nose. Imagine my surprise when, after the nurses had taken both babies back to the nursery, the woman said "Isn't that just the ugliest baby you've ever seen?". The kid's own mother said that! This was almost 30 years ago, but I've often wondered if he "grew into" the nose, or if not, if he eventually had plastic surgery to eliminate the hook, and if his mother ever told him he was anything but the "ugliest baby" she'd ever seen!
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