The Liceman Cometh

Sat, February 17, 2007


I REALLY know how to make a special birthday evening for D.

You know how I’ve struggled in the past over what to get him for special gift-giving occasions.

This week, I discovered that nothing says Happy Birthday, darling, more than the following phone call:

PunditMom: Hi sweety, how are you?

D: OK, how’s your day?

PM: OK, except I need you to come home a little early.

D: Why?

PM: Remember how C.’s mom called and said C.’s friend from school found nits in her hair? And R. and C. and the friend all had a play date together a couple of days ago?

D: (Slowly and with trepidation) Uh …. huh.

PM: Well, I was giving R. a nice afternoon bath, and I think she’s got the same “problem.” I got the “special” shampoo, so I think we’ll be OK. But we’ve got to wash everything in hot water and wash our hair just in case. Can you stop by the drug store on the way home?

D: (Silence)

PM: Oh, and Happy Birthday!


Birthday postscript: I am here to report that there’s no need to buy expensive salon conditioner for your hair – that Nix/Rid special formula makes my hair more full bodied and silky soft than ever before!

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16 Responses to “The Liceman Cometh”

  1. impromptublogger Says:

    Oy, not the way to spend one’s birthday! I’m so lucky that we have yet to have that problem. I only remember one note being sent home several years about that but dd never got it.

    And my dd goes to a pretty “diverse” school with a fair number of low income and immigrant children. And it seems like the schools in higher income areas get lice more than my school has!

  2. Paige Says:

    Oh man…sorry to hear about D’s birthday.

    But I’m glad your hair is fresh and fluffy.

  3. Oh, The Joys Says:

    “Happy” Birthday, indeed!

  4. creative-type dad Says:

    That’s definitely no booty call…

  5. CrankMama Says:

    Just throw in a blow job and all will be well, dear.


    P.S. You are NOT uncool (no matter what you say on comments around the Momosphere)

  6. PunditMom Says:

    CM, You bawdy girl!

  7. Mom101 Says:

    Oh my God you’re bringing back traumatic Rid memories of my own from years past.

    Well, I suppose it could have been worse, right? Could have been chicken pox.

  8. Pendullum Says:

    So… Nits are like a day at the spa?
    I like the twist…
    It is all in the way you look at it…

  9. mad muthas Says:

    the gift that goes on sucking

  10. Queen of the Mayhem Says:

    That is my nightmare! While we have not had the dreaded LICE infestation, Princess Mayhem did get a ringworm on her arm at softball practice! UGH! I can not tell you how horrific ridding her of that was!

    I did have a friend whose sons were exposed and became victims. She said she knew something was up when her oldest was brushing his hair repeatedly. (Boys don’t normally do that) When she asked him what he was doing, he told her “It just feels good to do it”. This lead to the discovery and removal of unwanted friends!

    It could happen to anybody!

  11. Queen of the Mayhem Says:

    By the way, Lice is never a good birthday present! You may want to remember that next year. (hee-hee)

  12. Shannon Says:

    At least you got a good conditioner out of the deal.

  13. Amanda Says:

    I am a total sucker. I thought you were playing us and that there would be a romantic smooch line. We passed Valentine’s Day with a kicked furnace and nary a rose or conversation heart candy. Me thinks we’ll make up for it with green suds in March.

  14. Kelley Says:

    So Nix/Rid is the secret to great hair, huh? Or maybe the magic is in that special little comb used to remove lice eggs? (I remember my own lice episode of 3rd grade all too well…)

  15. Mrs. Chicky Says:

    Nothing says “I’m happy you’re alive” like a head full of bugs.


    But fluffy hair? Yay!

  16. Devra Says:

    What a lousy way to spend a birthday. Hope your husband isn’t much of a nitpicker regarding how he wanted his birthday celebrated.

    But seriously, you need to read the essay Marion Winik wrote about Lice in her book “The Lunchbox Chronicles”. We have it posted on our website (November 06 archive). If I were tech savvy, I’d put in the link, but I don’t know how to do that! Hope the lice don’t last!

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