Tennis legend Serena Williams welcomed her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on Sept. 1. And no surprise, she is one sweet baby.
I mean, gravely? Too cute.
While Williams has been adjusting to her brand-new persona, she took a moment to write a letter to her own mother carrying her grateful and admiration.
Originally posted to Reddit, Serena’s letter knocks off with amaze at how her mommy managed to keep such a cool psyche when “shes seen” her daughters criticized and judged brutally in the media for their strong, capable, powerful bodies and requiring renditions on special courts. Over the years, some have even indicated Williams play with men and alleged her of using performance-enhancing narcotics.
Such resentment, misogyny, and thinly veiled racism responding to a enterprise well done would be enough to break anyone’s feeling — but thoughts if it happened to you. Or worse, young children.
“I don’t know how I would react if[ Alexis] has to go through what I’ve gone through since I was a 15 time old-time and even to this day, ” Williams wrote. “But mom, I’m not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, being, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the ability of a black woman.”
Because maidens,( players or otherwise) should never be limited or defined by narrow standards of beautiful.
Six-pack or soft rotations, flab or slim, with or without physical limiteds, “were not receiving” “wrong way” for women, pitch-black women in particular, to gaze or feel strong. We are strong plainly by virtue of existing in a macrocosm that would rather we not.
“I am proud we were able to show them what some ladies definitely sounds like, ” Williams wrote. “We don’t all appear the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small-scale, exactly to call a few, and all the same: we are women and proud! ”
But as self-confident and capable as Williams is, she’s not too strong to ask for help.
Motherhood is already a tough place, and raising a child in the public eye won’t make it all very well. She may be a superhero on the court, but even the strongest among us know it’s OK to get support from the people we love.
“Promise me, Mom, that you will continue to help. I’m not sure if I am as meek and strong as you are yet. I hope to get there one day, ” she wrote.
Whoever you lean on, whoever you trust and quality — it’s never a bad time to let them know and say thanks.
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