…

                                                         Scratch,
scratch, scratch
,
                 
From forehead down to feet – Itch, itch, itch, Till night drives the day away!

“Well don’t worry about little old me. I have learned
how to take care of myself by now. I even wash behind my
ears, that is, when I do wash, which is about once a week. Outside of a slight
cold in my head, I am feeling very well and seem to be in excellent health.
Before this light goes out I will have to go on my nightly hunt for cooties.
They seem unusually active tonight and as they have a habit of keeping us
awake, I think that I’d better leave you now and see what I can find. Give my
love to dad.”

1918, American ambulance driver in the Verdun sector, France – Letters from Verdun – Illustration: WW1 soldiers hunting for lice –

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