stephanie jones

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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