It is rare for an adult to catch head lice, so, on the positive side, I am having a rare human experience. Not long ago I thought to myself as I looked at my toddlers, "One day I will have to deal with lice."

It is rare for an adult to catch head lice, so, on the positive side, I am having a rare human experience. Not long ago I thought to myself as I looked at my toddlers, "One day I will have to deal with lice."


Later that day, I scratched my head only to pull out a louse struggling in my nail. I assumed it was a louse, because I had never actually seen a louse before. The tiny insects are 2 to 3 millimeters long. Humans are the only host for these little creatures, though they can survive away from a scalp for a number of hours.


Now I realize what true adulthood is: cleaning the lice off your and your children’s heads.


Some of the tips I read were cutting hair, using commercial lice killer and rinsing with vinegar (the fumes cause them to die or faint) and the acid eats at the louse glue holding the eggs to the hair. I also read about combing, and combing whilst dipping the comb into an alcohol/water mixture for sanitation.


Unfortunately the pests are becoming resistant to some over-the-counter remedies, which can be troublesome as well. I didn’t use the chemicals, but other methods seem to be working. I have used the long process of combing and rinsing, putting oil on the head to smother it and washing sheets repeatedly — and then doing it again tomorrow. There are natural insecticides on the market derived from soil bacteria. Tea tree oil has been reported to ward off the bugs for the future.


Natural remedies call for more work, but I don’t mind. The hardest part is getting the toddler’s heads to stay still as you grab at the nit (louse egg).


Well, I can finally say I have arrived. I never knew the trouble my mother went through, and for a moment after I realized the task ahead of me, I thought, "Now what’s the point of growing up?"


But the lice seem to be under control, for the most part. Surprisingly, they are most fond of my own head. It must be the prime real estate in the house with its long luxurious locks. I couldn’t cut my own, though I didn’t hesitate to cut my kids’. I will just be combing away daily like a princess in a tower full of lice.


Hopefully I’ll look back on this period with nostalgia and not be tempted to invest in "permanent louse killer" solutions. A little bit of elbow grease seems to do the trick. By the way, lice don’t like grease. It smothers them.


Happy birthday Wednesday to Chad McKee of Denison; Helen Melton, Dr. Mark Koone, Anniyah Parker, Linda Price, Flora Scruggs, Jazlyn Cleamons, Heather Pearson, MaKayla Ellis and Elsie Cannon, all of Sherman; Robert Trotter of Howe; Brandon Thomas of McKinney.