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As a mother, there’s something about children that brings out a certain fire, that protective mother bear that may have been scratching at the surface or buried deep within. We will do whatever it takes to make sure our kids are taken care of and, perhaps more importantly, can take care of themselves.

When it comes to having a daughter, those feelings often intensify. We need to empower them so they’re equipped with the confidence and knowledge that they can do anything, be anything, look and feel however they want and not give AF what anyone else thinks. And yes, the latter part can be a lifelong struggle, so it’s never too early to start planting those seeds and preparing them.

Serena Williams‘ daughter isn’t even three weeks old but she’s ready to fight for her — as did Serena’s own mother, Oracene Price. And Williams took to Reddit to post a letter to her mom, to tell her just how thankful she is.

She starts off by saying to her mom that she’s “one of the strongest women” she knows, and her daughter Alexis Olympia is following in their footsteps.

“She has my arms and legs!” she wrote. “My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body.”

That should be a good thing, one every girl should want, and what every woman should want for their girl. But Serena knows all too well what society thinks of her body and doesn’t want her daughter to go through the same nonsense.

Williams credits her mom for her class throughout everything, how she kept her head high and integrity intact “as her daughter was ridiculed by people who were ‘too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.'”

Serena continued: “We don’t all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!” She went on to thank her mom for being the role model she needed, and hopes to be the same for baby Alexis with “the same fortitude” Oracene has had.

“Promise me, Mom, that you will continue to help,” her note concluded. “I’m not sure if I am as meek and strong as you are yet. I hope to get there one day. I love you dearly.”

Every child needs a good example to follow. Oracene might be Serena’s role model, but Serena is ours, for showing us what a badass, confident woman looks like. Alexis is a lucky girl. She’s got two for the price of one.

My Mom

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