Serena Williams received an outpouring of support from Twitter moms
Watching your child hit milestones like their first laugh, first words, and first steps bring unexplainable amounts of joy to moms everywhere. But when you’re a working mom, sometimes these milestones happen when you’re not around to witness them — even if you’re Serena Williams, who reveals on Twitter she missed her daughter’s first steps.
Luckily, moms everywhere rallied around the all-star athlete to show support and empathy.
Williams, who is currently in contention to win her eighth title at Wimbledon, says she missed daughter Olympia’s first steps because she was training.
She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 7, 2018
Almost immediately, fellow moms chimed in with their own stories of missing “firsts” and giving the tennis champ some encouraging words.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1015516514630287360
This is actually a v. good rule and should just be universal for all moms, all the time.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1015590443382378496 https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1015535536591785985
Others reminded her that there are plenty of “firsts” ahead, and not to forget the impact her talent and hard work will have on Olympia when she’s old enough to realize how renowned her mama is.
She missed you winning 23 grand slam titles but will still know you’re the best tennis player of all time.— Ryan Tahmassebi (@RyanTahmassebi) July 7, 2018
You’ll have thousands of magic moments with her don’t worry!
I missed a bunch of firsts while I was at work. I hear ya, mama. It’s not easy. But our girls see us out there grinding + living our dreams and that’s got to mean something. Good luck in London - my daughter and I are both rooting for you! ❤️— Raakhee Mirchandani (@Raakstar) July 7, 2018
The reassuring and heartfelt sisterhood support in comments here are making me cry https://t.co/4hVXstcMPV
— yumichild (@yumichild) July 8, 2018
Williams has been super candid about parenting little Olympia on social media — from sharing adorable photos on Instagram to crowdsourcing breastfeeding tips on Twitter. So it’s no surprise plenty of fellow moms wanted to share some words of encouragement with her.
Because being a working parent — not to mention a world-class athlete at the top of your game — means making multiple sacrifices. In multiple ways. And sometimes it just plain sucks. But it’s important to remember there will always be plenty of wonderful times and memorable “firsts” to be present for along the way.