This viral tweet from Serena Williams shows just what a shared experience parenting is.

Serena Williams always keeps it real about being a mom.

The tennis great kills it on the court, but she's also been brutally 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 mother.

Her honesty has led other women to come out about their own struggles too.


Mama bear and baby cub #beingSerena @hbo

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In July, Williams got real once again, sharing one of the tough realities of being a parent.

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.

Missing those big moments is something a lot of parents experience — and many chimed in with words of support.

Alison Bender, a soccer 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.

Chrissy Teigen, mother of all social media, picked up her scepter of truth to offer Williams a positive way to reframe it.

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.

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" — dropping truth bombs (it's just not the parents 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 parent can see.

Williams is at the top of her game. That's why sharing her struggles has such an impact.

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 encourages 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 mean the feelings they create have to be silent.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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