Thought for the Day: Failure to Thrive
“‘Many perish in the womb,’ and even more ‘are nipped in their bloom,’ writes Dr. Richard Price, a Welsh clergyman and political radical.
An elm produces three hundred and thirty thousand seeds a year, but very few of those seeds ever grow into trees.
A spider lays as many as six hundred eggs, and yet very few grow into spiders.
So, too, for humans: ‘Thousands of Boyles, Clarks and Newtons have probably been lost to the world, and lived and died in ignorance and meanness, merely for want of being placed in favourable situations, and enjoying proper advantages,” says Jane Franklin (Benjamin’s sister) quoted in “The Prodigal Daughter” by Jill Lepore in The New Yorker, 8/8 + 15/13 p. 40.
A thriving baby:
If you are reading this post, you are likely thriving, so count your blessings – and help others to thrive too.