head case

by humanmama on September 22, 2011

It’s, um, maybe the third week of school (third? yep.) and there’s been a reported case (4) of head lice. Already. Today. Actually it’s the Thursday of the first full week of school and there’s head lice, apparently, running rampant through all the kids’ clothes and heads and backpacks and shoes and hats and -aak!- gross, I can’t think more about it or I’ll be sick. Ew, creepy crawlies…

School is going okay, so far. But Helena (age 5) came back on the first day loving some kid, some little boy. And he is so mean to her. Tonight we talked about him again, and she said “well, maybe he thinks I’m just a loser.” WHAT??!?! Okay, mom, calm down.

“A loser, honey? Why would he think that? How do you know?”

“Because that’s what he calls me. A loser.”

(Last week she came home on Friday in a strange mood, snippy with me and her sister. “What’s going on with you today,” I asked in the car, and she immediately began bawling. Sobbing so hard I pulled the [van] over and unbuckled Lilly just so we could both hug and hold Helena until she stopped crying. She said this boy said “You’re not important to me.” She was devastated. I was devastated for her. And now this.)

I did fight the urge to say “MAYBE HE’S THE FREAKING LOSER!!!!” like I wanted to. Instead, I said “I think you should hang out with people who make you feel good about yourself. It sounds like he doesn’t.” And Helena said “HEY! He’s my best friend!

-silent scream-

So now I have a girl who already loves the “bad boy” who is mean to her. NOOOOOOooooooooooo! (That’s the low, slow-motion “NOOOOooo” where I’m diving in front of her to protect her.) And who knows, maybe she also has lice. I’m not going to wake her up to find out. I’m already crazily mad at that kid for making her feel bad, and I’m crazily trying to figure out how to make her realize she should not ever hang around with people who make her feel like crap.

Also, I’m crazily itching just thinking about the lice.

Or maybe, I’m just crazy. You be the judge.

I eat punks like you for dinner.

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hollyweasel September 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I don’t know how you restrain yourself!!! I don’t know if I could have held back from saying what he was – and it’s a lot worse than ‘loser’. UGH!

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Jessica@Team Rasler September 23, 2011 at 8:36 am

I shouted “NOooooo!” along with you! Ack!! I hope she will see this kid for what he is and soon. Or be a good role model for him about how to be a better friend? I guess that’s what I should really hope for.

And my scalp always crawls when there’s a lice outbreak at my school. Ugh. Hope no one gets it at your house!

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Emily October 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Just tell her being mean is his way of showing he likes her.

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