head lice

We have it again. Not all of us this time. Not even most. But enough. The tiny combs are unsheathed. The bedding has been bagged. The house smells of coconut oil and eucalyptus. Also frustration.
Under the glare of the fluorescent lights, and against the contrast of the white paper towel, the bug took its full, wretched, kinetic form. It was phase 44 all over again. I gagged.
They're a little gross, somewhat annoying and for most parents, inevitable. It also seems to me that for most of us they show up at the most inconvenient times. I'm talking about lice.
For this reason, "no healthy child should be excluded from school or allowed to miss school time because of head lice or
Authorities in Massachusetts are looking into the death of an 18-month old girl that died of suffocation after undergoing an apparent home-remedy for head lice.
No, we are not festering beneath a pile of bugs at the present moment. In fact, the LiceEnders ladies came to my kids' public school yesterday and did not find lice on my children, just a week after we found them. But oh, what a week it has been.
"No healthy child should be excluded from or miss school because of head lice," says the AAP, "and no-nit policies for return to school should be abandoned. Your child can return to childcare or school after one treatment with anti-lice shampoo," is the policy.
The case of red wine is the most obvious item. It will gently soothe you as you handle the immense guilt that comes with realizing you and your family members are dirty, foul sloths who should be ashamed of yourselves for having kids in the first place.
I had the weekend all planned out: carpools, schedules, snacks packed. Everything was carefully coordinated. That is until I heard these words: "Mommy, my head is itchy."