“Tennis Ball” by Josh Calabrese on Unsplash

Oh, Serena. I am so proud of you.

I didn’t get to see you play the finals at Wimbledon. I was doing something with my daughters, who are college-aged and quickly becoming their own women. The girls are sassy. Bold. Kind. Irreverant. Back when we played tennis together, they could wipe me up and wring me out on the court.

They don’t understand that I often feel inadequate, or like I failed them, failed other moms. I talk a lot about cancer these days, and…