We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day. My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something I will never forget.
He looked at me straight in the eyes and said,
"Hana, everything God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected.
Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.
Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to them."
He looked at me with serious eyes, "Your body is sacred. You're far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too."
(Extract from: More than a Hero, Muhammad Ali's Life Lessons through his daughter's eyes)