There's nothing like a sick child to make you realize how helpless you truly are. Lliam has had a terrible cold for the past week, and the worst part of it has been the unknown. Calming routines that I started to take for granted as a parent aren't always effective on an ailing child. Not even modern medicine can come to the rescue every time, as Lliam's body rejected the Tylenol we tried to give him to relieve his fever.
In the grand scheme of things, we really haven't beat out Mother Nature. As much as I'd like to believe that conserving energy and recycling will "save the earth," we are likely to experience some geologic, biological or cosmic event beyond our control that will be our downfall. We could have a subterranean earthquake that causes a tsunami to wipe out an entire continent, or a huge meteor could hit the earth, or a new pathogen could evolve that is impervious to modern medicine. Despite what we may think, we have not harnessed Mother Nature, and I doubt we ever will. This is not meant to sound pessimistic, but rather to remind us to be humble and thankful for the privilege of our lives on this beautiful planet.