As a  beginning teacher, I remember that I didn't make much money. Since my husband was in graduate school, I decided to work at a local department store over the Christmas holidays one year to supplement our income. I remember being assigned to work in  the gift wrapping department which featured long lines of harried shoppers eager to get their purchases wrapped so they could go home.

One afternoon, I saw one of my kindergarten students and her mother standing in the back of my line. The child's mother was a beautiful woman who was very involved in various community organizations. It was evident that she always took great pains with her appearance.  My little student cheerfully waved at me as she and her mother moved closer and closer to the front of my line. When there was only one person standing in front of them, she proudly announced to me "Guess what Mrs. B! I have head lice." When I looked up after finishing the package of the person in front of them, they were gone! I caught a glimpse of the mother pulling the child by the arm through the nearest store exit. I guess she decided to wrap the presents herself.

54 comments

  1. Tina Gray // April 24, 2010 at 12:06 AM  

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  2. Michelle // April 24, 2010 at 12:38 AM  

    That is hilarious! Kids are so honest and forthright, I wish we didn't forget to be that way as adults, but it seems we do.

  3. Happy Gramma // April 24, 2010 at 12:40 AM  

    Oh my, I bet that child got a lesson in discretion when she got home!
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  4. Ms. Anthropy // April 24, 2010 at 1:48 AM  

    I pulled one of those good ones on my Dad, to my second grade teacher. He never let me live it down.

  5. Jackie // April 24, 2010 at 2:11 AM  

    Thank you for the visit, im following your blog now! :)

  6. Natasha // April 24, 2010 at 2:51 AM  

    We hear some funny things as teachers don't we! Great story!

    Best wishes for a beautiful weekend,
    Natasha.

  7. Elizabeth // April 24, 2010 at 3:05 AM  

    Hahaha, I love the honesty in little ones! I have a kindergartener and it's really never a dull moment with him :o)

    Thanks for stopping by. I'll gladly follow your blog!

  8. RosieP // April 24, 2010 at 3:14 AM  

    Kid are great, aren't they.

    Hugs RosieP x

  9. Small Burst // April 24, 2010 at 3:46 AM  

    LOL. I would have slinked away too if my child announced head lice at a store. Thanks for visiting SB!

  10. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) // April 24, 2010 at 6:37 AM  

    LOL! I absolutely would have made a quick exit if my kid announced she had lice! :)

  11. Kristine // April 24, 2010 at 7:24 AM  

    That's so funny! :-D

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  12. Jocelyn // April 24, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

    Thanks for visiting my Blog!!! I just adore yours..and yes...of course I will follow your Blog!!!

    Have a great weekend!!!

  13. Tracychele @ The Week-Ender // April 24, 2010 at 8:27 AM  

    Hi. Thanks for visiting me at recipeswappingmomma.blogspot.com! I am a new follower, but it shows up as Tracy-chele @ The Week-ender (my main blog)! Hope you will return soon! I love your blog! Have a great day!

  14. Choices // April 24, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

    That made me laugh. Just the thought of hearing about lice makes me head itch!
    Have a great Saturday.

  15. Theresa Milstein // April 24, 2010 at 9:16 AM  

    There are no secrets around kindergartners!

    Ugh - head lice! Every time that notice comes home, I cringe. Then come the phantom itches. When my daughter was in kindergarten, we battled it once. Now I have Neem shampoo and conditioner, so whenever there's an outbreak at school, we use it for a couple of weeks.

  16. mommaof4wife2r // April 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM  

    that is quite hilarious! nice to meet you here in blogland...

  17. Aging Mommy // April 24, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

    Oh that poor mother - I am sure she wanted to die with embarrassment! I dread having an incidence of lice in our house, I am sure our day is coming!

  18. Witchie // April 24, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

    LOL! Sounds like something one of my kids would've done when my 3 oldest were little!!

    Following you now, here I am: www.witchiesplace.blogspot.com

    HAGD!

  19. Gwen // April 24, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

    Hi, thanks for visiting my blog yesterday on Friday Follow :) I'm now following you. Would love for you to follow me back :)

    My kids are 10 and 12 and I'm very involved with their schools. I just love your posts!

  20. MaCa // April 24, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

    Of course I would love to follow your blog if you follow mine. Look forward to reading more posts from you.

  21. One Love Mama // April 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

    kids say the most silly/embarrassing things!

    Returning the follow!

  22. Juliette Crane // April 24, 2010 at 2:48 PM  

    so happy to have found your blog! you've have so many fun things posted here and i can't wait to read more! thank you for being such an inspiration!

    best wishes to you!
    juliette

  23. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:02 PM  

    Thanks Tina! I will for sure.

  24. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

    Michelle,

    Thats why it is such a joy to go to work every day!

  25. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

    Lol Happy Gramma,

    I have a feeling you are right!

  26. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

    Ms. A,

    Why doesn't that surprise me?

  27. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:05 PM  

    Thanks Jackie! Have a great week-end!

  28. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:05 PM  

    I hope you do the same Natasha. Thanks for stopping by!

  29. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

    Elizabeth,

    Aren't they funny though. You never know what innocent remark they will make next.

  30. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

    Yes they are Rosie...thanks for stopping by!

  31. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

    Lol Small Burst,

    Evidently her mother felt the same way!

  32. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

    Lol Stacey,

    I am sure I would have done the same thing.

  33. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:09 PM  

    Kristine,

    I absolutely love the look of your blog. It is terrific!

  34. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:10 PM  

    Jocelyn,

    I really like yours too. You are such a lovely lady.

  35. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:11 PM  

    Thanks Tracychele,

    Yours is terrific too!

  36. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:12 PM  

    Choices,

    I can't tell you how many times mine started to itch when we had to send the dreaded letter home.

  37. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:13 PM  

    That is a really smart idea Theresa!

  38. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:13 PM  

    Nice to meet you too Mommy! Thanks for visiting!

  39. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

    Hopefully you won't Aging Mommy!

  40. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 4:15 PM  

    Thanks Witchie!

  41. Cindy // April 24, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

    What a great story! I love it.
    Now, to follow my blog, when you first log on to my blog there is a small bar across the top of it that reads as follow: Follow Share Report Abuse Next Blog. You just need to click on "Follow". Hope that works. Hugs, Cindy S.

  42. Robin // April 24, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

    If you want to clear a room, just bring your five year old:-)

  43. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 5:34 PM  

    Thanks Cindy.

  44. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 5:34 PM  

    Lol Robin...you are right about that.

  45. Aunti // April 24, 2010 at 7:13 PM  

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I will stop in again. Head lice oh the word just gives me the quivers! When my kids were in school and a note was sent home that there was a problem at the school, I was frantic and made sure I washed everything in my house because I did not want to have them at my house. A lot of work but it paid off. No head lice at my house. I guess I was fortunate.

  46. Bossy Betty // April 24, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

    OF course she announced that in public! Good girl!

  47. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 9:46 PM  

    I have had to do the same thing a couple of times Auntie when I have had outbreaks in my classroom. Better safe than sorry.

  48. VKT // April 24, 2010 at 9:46 PM  

    Lol Betty....you are a hoot.

  49. Kelly L // April 25, 2010 at 6:55 PM  

    That is so funny... I can totally see my oldest daughter do that when she was younger...

    Great story.
    Love to you
    Kelly

  50. VKT // April 25, 2010 at 9:40 PM  

    Blessings to you sweet Kelly!

  51. Teachinfourth // April 25, 2010 at 11:56 PM  

    Sometimes children are just a bit TOO honest, aren't they?

    This kind of reminds me of a few of the kids I've had in my class over the past two years:

    http://teachinfourth.blogspot.com/search/label/Moments%20with%20Joey

    Thanks for sharing your epic adventures...

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  53. Supermanslady // April 26, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

    Out of the mouths of Babes!!!

    I was always that kid that told just a little more than my mom and dad wanted me to!

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