I often wonder how life would be if I could put my three children inside a bubble where no harm would come to them. I’m sure that I’m not the first mom who has considered this. Truth is, we can’t protect them from everything and we can’t fast-forward through the crummy times. All the panic about swine flu brings to focus how true this is.

We encourage handwashing, supply them with wet-wipes and remind them to cover their mouths if they sneeze. Any more than that is in the hands of the divine — as it always has been and always will be.