The phone call that's hard to get and harder to make: informing your immediate friends that you may well have shared your pest with them and theirs. I got a call yesterday from a family friend to be on the lookout when we get home, as our house may have been involved through the generous act of feeding our kitties in our absence.
When I told Grandpa B. he said: "why do you think you people have so much trouble with lice up there?" (as in "Up there, in the mid-continental US"). I spluttered and said they were everywhere equally but generally nice middle-class families didn't like to speak of them. Grandpa B. would also benefit from a picture book on the subject!
3 hours ago