Vanessa Bryant Posts Message of Gratitude for Kobe Bryant Day: 'It Takes a Village'

The celebration of the late NBA star came one day after what would've been his 42nd birthday.

Vanessa Bryant is thankful for the support she received on Kobe Bryant Day. The 38-year-old widow of the late NBA star took to Instagram on Monday to share a pic at the conclusion of the first annual day in honor of Kobe, which was declared in Orange County.

In the image, Vanessa smiles with her youngest daughter, 1-year-old Capri, alongside her pal, Ciara, and her 6-year-old son, Future.

"It takes a village," Vanessa captioned her post. "Thank you to all my loving family, amazing friends and wonderful fans for your love and support. One day at a time."

While the Bryants' youngest daughter posed for a pic with her mom and family friends, Vanessa and Kobe's oldest daughter, 17-year-old Natalia, celebrated the start of her senior year of high school.

Vanessa shared a pic of a grinning Natalia on her first day of social distancing learning, which fell on Kobe Bryant Day. Holding up a sign that reads, "This year looks different, but I will succeed," Natalia is all smiles in a blue-and-pink tie-dye sweat suit.

Kobe Bryant Day came one day after what would have been Kobe's 42nd birthday. In a heartbreaking post on Sunday, Vanessa paid tribute to her late husband and daughter, writing that "it should've been me" who died.

"I wish I could wake up from this horrible nightmare," she wrote in part. "I wish I could surprise our girls and welcome you and Gigi home to us. I’m mad I didn’t go first. I always wanted to go first so that I selfishly didn’t have to feel this heartache. You were supposed to miss me. Gigi was supposed to be here with her sisters. It should’ve been me." 

Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in January. He was 41.