I had heard so much about you from friends but I'd never met your acquaintance. Its true you know, what they say, the way you show up when least expected, and not always with the best timing. But you made your way to me. I'm still wondering where and how. Was it random? You knew we'd never met. Were you looking for someone new? Someone fresh? Was it my thick curls that lured you in?
I can't believe how swiftly you turned my life upside down. You were all consuming. You made my heart beat fast and flushed my cheeks the perfect shade of pink. Everything I did was with you in the forefront of my mind. It was like some strange sort of obsession came over me. You disrupted my sleep, had me checking the mirror frequently and feeling as though everyone who looked at me knew.
I fell hard and fast and you were all I could think about. I felt special at first. You chose me. You hung around, you wouldn't leave once you got attached. You clung to me. You couldn't breathe without me. I was your lifeline.
But you know what? I realized I didn't really like all the attention you were getting. The money I spent on you was outrageous. Ridiculous. Necessary, yes, but ridiculous. The way I looked at others around me, wondering, were you seeing them too? Were there others? I figured you had to be connected to one or more of the moms in AB's class. It made my stomach hurt. I began to question and doubt and withdraw into myself. I suddenly didn't feel so special. I was actually over it. I was over you. I was done cleaning, done doing laundry, all just for you. Because of you. I'm done being afraid to hug others because of what you might think. Or heavens knows, what you might do. I'm not really the high maintenance type and you are clearly are.
So, dear Lice, I am breaking up with you. It's not you, it's me. I'm just done. It was brief, and we gave it a shot. We aren't really meant for each other and I don't have the time or energy for this kind of relationship right now. I'm going to kindly ask you to refrain from contacting me, or any of my family members again. I've put restrictions in place, please honor them. I need my space.
Goodbye. Its time for a new lease on lice.