As a mom of two girls, I’ve seen my fair share of grossness. I’ve caught vomit in my hand, changed diapers, and dealt with multiple food allergy issues that had both GI and congestion related symptoms. But nothing prepared me for the amount of grossness that followed when my youngest came to me and said “Mommy, my head itches.” I crossed my fingers and hoped for dandruff, but unfortunately discovered a small brown bug racing across her sweet, previously undefiled head.
What followed was two months of smelly shampoo, literal nit-picking, calling teachers to warn them that my children were walking hazmat cases, and cleaning up lice corpses out of my sink. The time spent delousing gave me lots of time to think, and I also do not want my suffering to have been in vain. Thus, might we all learn a few things from lice.