Who knew lice removal could inspire poetry?

A fellow Austin Mom with a lice story to tell went so far as to write a poem about her experience with the little critters. Her blog, A Well-Versed Mom, is full of wonderful advice for Moms, presented as tongue-in-cheek tales written in rhyming verse. It’s very Shel Silversein-esque. We love this poem because it does what we aim to do here at MadCaps. That is, to adopt a more light-hearted approach to lice removal. See, it can actually be fun. We swear it can!

This poem by Carlotta Stankiewicz proves we’re not the only ones who think so. And we do appreciate it when people make us feel a little less crazy. Thank you Carlotta!

Lousy Advice

Lice aren’t nice,
but if you want my advice,
don’t sweat ‘em
‘cause you’ll get ‘em — if you’ve got kids — maybe twice.

How does a critterful collection
sprout without a mom’s detection?
Well, it happens to the best of us
and even to the rest of us:
that sighting on the head
as you tuck the kids in bed…
or the letter they bring home
suggesting chemicals and combs.

Sure, you’ll start to feel lousy
once you know they’re in your housey
as you scratch throughout your hair
though there may be nothing there.

You know what you gotta do:
get a lotta that shampoo,
and although it’s rather icky,
take that comb and get nit-picky.
It’s not as bad as you might think;
you just wash ‘em down the sink,
then you scour clothes and sheets
till the creatures meet defeat.

Lest you start to feel ashamed
make sure other kids are blamed
long before it is suggested
that your home was first infested.

Lice aren’t nice,
but if you want my advice,
don’t sweat ‘em
’cause you’ll get ‘em — if you’ve got kids — maybe thrice.

©2010 Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz