Mother’s Day pics prove cleft lip isn’t always genetic.

No or palate in son.

Couldn’t resist indulging in a little family boosterism this Mother’s Day. The first pic shows two favorites of mine doing the Mother-Son Dance at John’s recent wedding in Massachusetts. 

Son John & his mom at his Oct '15 wedding. No cleft lip or palate.

Son John & his mom at his
Oct ’15 wedding.

No lip in daughter either.

Daughter Lindsay & her mom (far left) at John's Oct '15 wedding. No cleft lip or palate.

Daughter Lindsay & her mom (far left) at John’s Oct ’15 wedding.

My clefts were  caused mostly by environmental (likely a vitamin B deficiency, but no one knows). A slight genetic predisposition might have rounded out the nurture-nature combo that’s usually in play with clefts.