Mom “nose” best: Happy Mother’s Day 2016

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This Mother’s Day, we honor Dr. Kardos’s mom, who passed earlier this year.

Dr. Kardos and I had been planning a post on nasal congestion in kids, but because we couldn’t have said it any better, we share a poem that Dr. Kardos’s mom wrote on this topic.

–Drs. Lai and Kardos


Runny Noses


My grandsons seem always to have runny noses;

They drip from their noses and land on their toeses;

One kid especially, his name is Aaron,

Will hug you so tight that what’s runnin’ you’re sharin’.


Alex will wipe with the back of his hand;

His runs in the house, on the beach, on the sand.

Jacob is older and he’ll use a tissue,

So his runny nose is not much of an issue.


In case they have colds, I hand each one a sweater,

But wearing a sweater does not make things better.

Allergic to dust? That’s the answer I’m seeking;

But while I keep dusting, their noses keep leaking.


They eat well and sleep well and play hard all day

In spite of their dripping that won’t go away.

So I’ve come to conclude, and I’m happy to say

That the noses of kids prob’ly just come that way.


by Felice Kardos (1943-2016)



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  • Reply Roberta Goldstein November 7, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Felice was my best friend from 2nd grade in Brooklyn. Her family had a magnolia tree in their yard. We lost touch after my sweet 16. Lilly, Abe, Steve and Felice had moved to Ling Beach and my family to East Meadow. We had a secret language!
    We lost touch. I should have tried harder, but I did not know her last name. Lilly would include and feed me. Mr. Rifkin was a teacher, high school Spanish, I believe.
    I should have tried harder! Our lives followed similar paths.
    Lushicafa, word that just had a repeating pattern when we played with our dolls. I moved from 1718 East 27 St. after 5th grade.
    Dewey 9-0229.♥️
    Roberta Friedman Goldstein

    • Reply twopedsinapod November 11, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you for writing. The curly-haired Ped (Dr. Kardos) learned much about writing from her mom, Felice.

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