it’s always like this

September 2, 2008


Filed under: growing pains — notsojenny @ 12:19 pm

why is it that whenever the topic of lice comes up people look at me like i have a GIANT one on my head right then? 

so i had it as a kid?  so what.  so i had it a few times?  so what.  so i had it often enough in elementary school that the smell of RID is very distinct to me to this day and i have vivid memories of sitting on the back deck while my mom combed my wet head and being told to stay out there for a while?  so what. 

okay, so i didn’t have lice every month but i probably had it 3 or 4 times throughout all of elementary school.  i know that my friends had it too.  there was always an outbreak at school.  maybe it’s because i went to a small school where we were all close in proximity?  i dunno but i grew up all these years thinking that it was incredibly common for kids to get lice.  isn’t it?

only recently has this topic come up with people i have only known as an adult and they’re always treating me like a leper when i state that yes, i had lice.  more than once.  i honestly thought that it was just part of growing up, that everyone got it.  but apparently all these fancy people i have in my life now were much cleaner and hygienic than i was as a kid because pretty much everyone i hang out with has NEVER had it.  or so they claim.

is it really that bad?   does getting lice as a child mean you’re trashy or dirty?  i guess i don’t even know how lice starts or where it comes from, i still only know that you get it from other people’s heads.   maybe this is something i should look into.



~ today i learned… the liver is the only organ that is capable of complete regeneration.  skin can repair but not regerate  ~



  1. Okay, this might be weird, but I always loved when they did the lice checks at school. There was something about those thin combs that just felt really awesome on my head. Like a scalp massage in the middle of the day.

    Comment by stealthnerd — September 2, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

  2. I’ve always felt that Lice was like Chicken Pox. Everyone gets them.

    Comment by littlespoon — September 2, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

  3. I never got lice, but one of my sisters did. She got it twice. We made fun of her mercilessly, but really, it was something like miraculous that none of the rest of us got it. Obviously the one afflicted sister wasn’t any dirtier or trashy than the rest of us. She just got unlucky, I guess.

    Comment by magda — September 2, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

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