There were days
and there were days
and there were days between
Summer flies and August dies
the world grows dark and mean
Comes the shimmer of the moon
on black infested trees
the singing man is at his song
the holy on their knees
the reckless are out wrecking
the timid plead their pleas
No one knows much more of this
than anyone can see anyone can see

“Days Between” — Robert Hunter


Degree-holding life-coaches, learned gurus of “mindfulness,” and pundits (some of whom know very little) tell us to “live in the moment,” yet, for most of us, that is easier said than done. Most of us seem to exist in wait of something. In the cold, dark months of winter, when the light from holiday celebrations fades, the longing for spring begins, and we wait for more light, and more warmth.

The days between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day is a time when the light still shines brightly, illuminating the trail from the year just passed — the accomplishments we cherish (especially our children, who are the best things any of us has ever created) and the losses that were, in some cases, heartbreaking — and the path immediately ahead. Beyond that, we have to make our own light.

There were days
and there were days
and there were days I know
when all we ever wanted
was to learn and love and grow
Once we grew into our shoes
we told them where to go
walked halfway around the world
on promise of the glow
stood upon a mountain top
walked barefoot in the snow
gave the best we had to give
how much we’ll never know we’ll never know


In the coming days between the end of this year and the beginning of the next, The PediaBlog will revisit ideas from the American Academy of Pediatrics on New Year’s resolutions for children and teenagers so they, too, can have goals to help them improve upon their performances of the year that is ready to pass.

All of us at Pediatric Alliance and The PediaBlog wish everyone a joyous Christmas full of light and laughter and love. We hope the coming days are bright for you and your family and wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2019!


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