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head mice

In families, family-school relations, language on March 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I’m cleaning out old computer files to figure out what to do with years of snippets of stories, letters, essays, and notes to self. Among the hundreds of documents I found lots of notes about Hayden’s preschool and kindergarten experiences, especially her use of language which I’m always so interested in…

This one is from preschool:

“Mommy, [my friend] had to go home today.”

“Why?”
“He has head mice.”

“Do you mean head Lice?”

“No mom. Head MICE.”

“Sweetie, I think you’re talking about head L-LICE. They are little tiny bugs that like to get into people’s hair sometimes and they lay lots of eggs and move to other people’s hair too, so if someone has head lice they have to go home and wash their hair with special shampoo before it gets bad.”

“No. Mom. Head MICE! They’re little tiny mice that live in your hair sometimes and you have to go home from school so they don’t get into other people’s hair. I don’t want head mice mommy!”

“You’re not going to get head mice honey. They’ll take care of it at [your friend’s] house, so you won’t have to worry about it.”

Later that week I checked out a book on head lice from the library to read with Hayden – I still don’t think she was convinced however; it’s just another adult conspiracy from her point of view – we never tell the truth:)

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I finally figured out the password!

In justice, politics, poverty, social class on March 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Okay, am I the only one who works on multiple computers, has so many passwords it’s a crapshoot every time a log-in prompt appears on a screen, and just randomly forgets really important passwords on a regular basis? Well, for months I have not had my password to this blog because it was saved on a computer that went ker-plunk and I tried so many different passwords on other computers that it stopped letting me try a long time ago. That’s where I am. Why is life so complicated? I’ve been DYING to blog here – there’s so much going on!

Well today we can say that historic legislation has passed. Is it a step toward universal healthcare coverage? Have we finally decided that every person in our country deserves health care with dignity? Will we regret the mandate for purchasing healthcare insurance later? What will that mandate do to folks who are really struggling, don’t have access to information about the subsidies offered, or other folks who tend to fall through the cracks? We have people in jail because of other insurance mandates – auto insurance for one – do we want to end up criminalizing un-insured human beings? I’m a bit worried about this part of the bill, but I’m really hopeful about childless adults having access to public healthcare insurance beginning in 2014 (wish it was sooner!), and so many uninsured folks having an opportunity to visit a doctor before they fall victim to illnesses that spiral out of control.

So…it’s a historic day. What better time to miraculously discover the old password I set years ago and begin to blog again?

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