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serena williams, tampons

It's a cat toy, people. Deal with it.

Kids have relentless curiosity and imagination galore. That magical quality often catches adults off guard in the most hilarious of ways.

Tennis pro Serena Williams recently posted a video to her TikTok showing her 5-year-old daughter Olympia (who is the spitting image of her mother, by the way) playing with a “toy” for their cat Karma.

By “toy,” I mean a tampon.



The preschooler—who seemingly snagged the product from mommy’s bathroom—took it out of its plastic wrapper, pushed the cotton through the applicator and immediately began rolling it and spreading it around in her tiny hands.

"It's a cat toy for our cat?" Serena asks Olympia, while looking through the screen with equal parts bemusement and befuddlement on her face.

“For Karrrrrrrrma,” Olympia replies, exasperated that mom can’t keep up. It’s a toy for Karma, mom, why is this so hard to get?
@serena Who am I to steal her joy, it’s a Cat Toy! 🗣Don’t @ me #OlympiasWorld♬ original sound - Serenawilliams

In Olympia’s defense, cats do like all kinds of tiny, fluffy things with little tail-like strings attached, and tampons fit that bill perfectly. So she ain’t wrong.

As her daughter goes to get more “toys,” Serena can be heard saying, “OK, let’s not play with too many of those.”

People were quick to applaud Olympia’s adorable confidence.

“She rips them open like she’s been doing this all her little life 😂,” commented one person.

Others chose to commiserate with their own parenting stories. “When my daughter was little she was in my room being too quiet. I walked upstairs and she had taken all my pads and stuck them to the wall,” wrote a fellow mom.

“😂😂 At least it’s a cat toy. My son used them on a school project as clouds😂😂😂,” wrote another.

Serena might be a world champion, but Olympia has definitely won this round. In the video’s caption, Serena wrote, "who am I to steal her joy, it’s a Cat Toy!" These two are some of the sweetest mom-and-daughter besties on the internet. Their TikTok antics are purely wholesome (and ultra relatable) fun.


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