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Fleas and Lice and a Bedtime Story

Titia is interested in photography, poetry, family, art, dogs, cats, insects, wildlife, history, war, camping, writing, and the environment.

The adventures of two little fleas

The adventures of two little fleas

My Dad Was an Artist and a Teacher

My Dad, Synco Schram de Jong, was born in the City of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) on March 9, 1910.

His parents moved a lot, because my Grand dad was the director of the local post office and was appointed to several other cities in his working life. He went to the Academy of Art when he was in his mid twenties. He made a lot of paintings, mostly portrait and still life, of which I own a few. Later on he always took his sketch book with him on vacations to France, making sketches of all the beautiful old villages we drove across or stayed for a few days.

My Dad used to write little books for me and my two sisters when we were little. He was an artist and had a great sense of humor. He painted his story and wrote little rhymes to the drawings. My sisters and I were all born during the World War 2 and in the years after I remember that we had to be deloused at school for many years.

In those days they used a product dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane better known as D.D.T. which is a rather highly poisonous stuff. The product was banned for personal and agricultural use in the USA in 1972 and subsequently banned Worldwide.

So my Dad wrote this lovely booklet and I translated his rhymes into English so you'll understand what it's all about. My Dad passed away in 1984 and I inherited part of his paintings, drawings and the booklets he wrote.

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My dad was a wise man

My Dad was a man of few words, but he had a great fantasy and this was his way of telling us, that if we didn't listen to either him or mom, we could end up in a dangerous situation, like the little flea girls Flo and Bo. I'm telling you, his methods (almost) always worked.

About Lice and Fleas in real life

Fleas and Lice are still around and not only on dogs and cats

Due to our more hygienic way of life, it doesn't happen very often anymore that kids or adults get infected by fleas and lice. They're not gone though, all dog and cat owners know that and it still happens that people get infected by lice. Nowadays they have more environmetal friendly products we can use.

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There is a Difference between Fleas and Lice

but fleas as well as most lice will suck your blood to survive

Fleas (Synphoaptera) are true parasites who live on the blood of other mammals and birds. As it comes to Lice (Phthiraptera): there are species that live on blood and others live on either life or dead skin. They both move with little jumps, like the grasshopper. Lice however are more lazy and don't move around as much as fleas.

Fleas like warmth and if you have animals, you probably once in your life came across a flea plague after being away in summer for some time and then you need a bug externinator to clean the house.

How to Treat Head Lice

There's notthing to be ashamed of, it's not that you didn't take care of yourself or your kids, head lice just happen to appear sometimes. If you do encounter head lice, then it's good to know what can be done to get rid of it.

Links to Informative Websites

  • How to Identify Fleas & Lice | eHow.com
    How to Identify Fleas & Lice. Although flea and lice infestations may seem similar in nature, both infestations have fundamental differences. While fleas target animals, feeding on their blood, lice feed on human blood, laying eggs in the hair cl
  • Lice vs. Fleas: Home Remedies, Best Treatments, Symptoms, Prevention
    Lice and fleas are small wingless insects. Learn the symptoms of lice infestation and fleabites, how to get rid of these parasites, and about treatments and remedies for home, people, and pets.

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Marcy Bialeschki from Cerro Gordo, IL on April 22, 2020:

Very cool. I love the artwork, too.

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on January 22, 2015:

I love the little story and rhymes your dad wrote.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on September 02, 2012:

Lol...I had to smile reading your dad's story. How realistic it actually is. I can just imagine reading the story myself as a child. Have a wonderful weekend Titia and thank you so much for stopping by my neighborhood. I don't know how you accomplish all that you do in your day. You rock girl.

zeff789 on August 30, 2012:

wow,what a great story.

Inkflo on August 21, 2012:

This made me smile today, and anything that can do that, must be good!

Nice lens, thanks.

Elizabeth Sheppard from Bowling Green, Kentucky on August 18, 2012:

I like this! The drawings are so original. And what a neat family story too. I sprinkled this lens with ::::Squid Angel dust:::: just now. See you on Squidoo! :-)

Jeanette from Australia on August 14, 2012:

You are so clever translating into English and having it all rhyme! Great moral to the story too :-)

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on August 14, 2012:

I love the story and the rhymes - just lovely.

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on August 13, 2012:

Wow this is so neat. Such a great way to remember your father, he was a real talented artist.

LadyFlashman from United Kingdom on August 13, 2012:

A BRILLIANT STORY!!! So funny and charming! Your Dad sounds like he was a wonderful man.