HTAG 1 TTSerena Williams always maintains it real about being a mama. HETAG 1 TT
The tennis great kills it on the court, but she’s also been savagely honest about what it’s like to raise a child, detailing both the scary( as she experienced complications after childbirth) and rewarding moments of becoming a mom.
Her honesty has led other women to come out about their own conflicts too.
HTAG 2 TTIn July, Williams got real is again, sharing one of the tough realities of being a mother. HETAG 2 TT
Williams, who just returned to the courts in May, opened up on Twitter that she’d missed one of daughter Alexis Olympia’s major milestones while at Wimbledon.
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She took her first steps … I was training and missed it. I cried.
— Serena Williams (@ serenawilliams) July 7, 2018 HTAG 3 TTMissing those big moments is something a lot of mothers experience — and many chimed in with terms of support. HETAG 3 TT
Alison Bender, a football presenter who was at the World Cup at the time, shared that she had to watch her little one take their first steps via video.
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Ah Serena. I’m with you there. I’m in Russia at a Football world cup. I watched mine take her first steps on a video she’ll be proud of you when she goes up( I have to keep telling myself)
— Alison Bender (@ alibendertv) July 7, 2018
Chrissy Teigen, mother of all social media, picked up her scepter of truth to offer Williams a positive way to reframe it.
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she is practising so you can see the real ones. [?]
— christine teigen (@ chrissyteigen) July 8, 2018
And journalist Raakhee Mirchandani weighed in, so that Williams knew that all the effort she was putting in on the court was inspiring her daughter’s future.
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I missed a bunch of firsts while I was at work. I hear ya, mama. It’s not easy. But our girls find us out there grinding+ living our dreamings 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
Thousands upon thousands of people responded to Williams, offering words of encouragement — “She missed you winning 23 grand slam titles but will still know you’re the best tennis player of all time” — falling truth bombs( it’s just not the mothers who experience those milestone moments ), and even sharing some of the hilarious lengths people have gone to in attempts to “postpone” major moments until a mother can see.
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My best friend was babysitting my daughter while I was at work. When she got up and went to take a step my friend panicked, pushed her over and told “not on my watch! ” https :// t.co/ K0c7QhbVrr
— George (@ GeorginaCullen3) July 8, 2018 HTAG 4 TTWilliams is at the top of her game. That’s why sharing her struggles has such an impact. HETAG 4 TT
There’s no such thing as a “perfect” parent. Serena Williams’ honesty and #RealTalk — both in good and more difficult times — pushes the conversation forward, creating an environment that promoted parents to speak out and support one another.
Parenting is hard. Balancing that with work can feel, as Williams notes, impossible. Sacrifices have to be made. But it doesn’t entail the impressions they generate have to be silent.
Two and a half months after Barbuda was battered by 185 mph breezes, the island remains ruined and largely uninhabitated. Now locals are questioning if people will ever return
Walking the streets of the small Caribbean island of Barbuda on a Friday afternoon, you are likely to see more goats than humans.
Dogs, cats and ponies, all of which roam freely about the island now that fencings are down, also seem to outnumber people. The streets are empty and the houses- at the least the ones still standing- are abandoned. The island is like a ghost town.
Barbuda, which covers merely 62 square miles, was the first to feel the force of Hurricane Irma. When the blizzard stimulated landfall on the night of 6 September, it reached Barbuda at about 185 mph. A two-year-old boy died and an estimated 90% of properties were damaged.
Two days later, dreading Barbuda would be hit again, this time by Hurricane Jose, the prime minister ordered an evacuation. All 1,800 residents were ferried to Antigua, Barbuda’s much larger sister island, which suffered only minor damage.
Jose passed without incident, but the government warned that diseases caused by stagnant water and issues with vermin had rendered it unsafe for habitation, and it was three weeks before residents were allowed to return. Even now, weeks after the evacuation order was lifted, this island is eerily deserted.
Read more: www.theguardian.com