Monday, February 2, 2009

Look What Santa Brought

On Christmas Eve a package was delivered to our home. The package was very tiny, very sweet and had four very short legs. The first Christmas gift of the year was a black and tan Dachshund. A sweet little girl that we named Shanti Pria. She was instantly loved and spoiled by seven children. Luckily, in the weeks following her arrival, that love has not diminished. Shanti is also very smart, hence, her training is going very well. So far she has mastered the art of paper training (for the most part), come (when a treat is involved) and sit (if you happen to yell "sit" just as she is sitting). Once in a while I can even get her to play dead. The real trick is not to say it loud enough to wake her up. Her best trick by far though, is her ability to find someone willing to hold her on their lap. She can find a willing lap any time, any where. It is a very useful skill and we are all very proud.



If only the rest of the Christmas arrivals had been as cute. Just after Christmas Mr. Smith noticed that Star On Stage was scratching her head often and with gusto. Mr. Smith suggested washing her hair, thinking that perhaps an excess of dirt and oil on the scalp was the culprit. However, a clean head did not stop the scratching. Reluctantly I called Star On Stage over and looked through her hair. Yeah...you know what is coming. You're probably scratching your head right now.


Is it on me? It feels like it's on me!




Star On Stage had lice. Of course this announcement sent the family into chaos. Number One Son grabbed Dennis The Menace and off they went to the barber. Their thinking? You can't get lice if you have no hair. I have no idea if that is true, but either way, 30 minutes later the young men in our family returned home with no hair. The girls scratched a lot and tried to count how many times in the last few weeks they had come into direct contact with Star On Stage's head, pillow, brush, play wigs, hats or scarves. For the next several hours we researched methods of de-lousing, ripped off bedding for washing and started the long process of louse hunting. The first night we found an even 50. All on one head. Everyone take a moment to get over your heebie-jeebies...ok, let's continue.

Poor Star On Stage suddenly became persona non grata as far as all of her siblings were concerned. You can't blame them, really. It is hard to hug someone good night that just had 50 bugs crawling around her head. Not to worry, ever the caring parent, I sat down with her and explained that they were just afraid that they too might end up with lice. She admitted that she would have felt the same way had it been another child with lice. Then, in a final show of solidarity, I bit the bullet and hugged my mega infested child. Then I scratched my head...

Over the course of the next few weeks the lice count dropped, more hair was cut, other kids were checked, re-checked and cleared. Finally, the lice count was zero...except on my head. Yes, I had a creepy crawly resident on my scalp. Fortunately, the level of paranoia that existed in our house lead to an early detection and a quick eradication of my unwanted guests.

Mr. Smith will no doubt be pleased to see that I have finally come out of my low tech hermit cave and have once again joined the cyber-world. However, he has already decided that one post will not be enough to make amends for my neglect. He has, therefore, decreed that two posts are required this week by way of penance. Later this week...Men's Fashion.

8 comments:

Aunt Carol said...

You all have to agree that "Star on Stage" is a beauty. Has she put those Pink and Purple highlights in yet? Glad all the critters are gone

As for the Christmas present, what a cutie. Will there be a problem bringing him/her home to the States? Glad you are back on blog!!

Mr.Smith'sBrother said...

Thank the Lord you are back. Grandpa has been in a tizzy and will be so pleased (as am I). Life in India is so much more interesting than life here that your loyal readers were doing some serious jonesing. There was even talk of a support group. Thank heavens we've been spared that!

Alisa said...

I am so sorry....SO SORRY. It's all I can say. The day Krissy brought home lice from school started the worst 4 weeks of my life!!! Aaaaahhh! It was 6 years ago and i'm still not over it. Congratulations on conquering the evil bugs!

Phelps Phamily said...

It makes my head itch just reading that. I taught Montessori for 7 years, and every year we would have an outbreak of lice in the classroom. Those kids still need hugs. I never got lice even once in all those years on my own head. Our school nurse said it was because I washed and blow dried my hair every day and lice didn't like that. Your kids are very very cute.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

You should have let me know. I am, unfortunately, an expert on this subject. And now I'm having PTSD-induced flashbacks. Thanks.

ellen w said...

It was so nice to finally meet you at Mela! And I am enjoying the fact that you are writing again - and know I know exactly what you mean when you write about something - nothing says understanding like being here!

Paul said...

OMG! The lil' girls are so damn cute!!! How wanna hug and kiss 'em. Adorable!!!

Toni said...

She never looked more like you! So very adorable!!!