Nit Picking

Nit picking, an expression whose etymology always felt familiar, but never close.  I know and love many perfectionists.  I have admired their passionate commitment to every detail and recoiled at the ease with which they judge.  

Now, it is my son, me, and these tiny cemented lice-to-be vessels.  Here I understand for the first time the intimacy of this dynamic.  Together we pause as I pull these minuscule objects out of his hair one by one under the light of an October sun.  We smile and bid farewell to each invader.  

Diligence becomes a new word we share.  

I feel a renewed gratitude for all those nit pickers I love so much.