A Sneaky Twitch of an Itch!

A Sneaky Twitch of an Itch!

John Thomas Dodds



I know an Itch named Sneaky, he’s longer than a finger’s reach, he’s faster than a swat, and just when you find his favorite spot, he simply disappears. You can’t tickle the Sneaky Itch away, and as soon as you say good night or good day, the Sneaky twitch of an Itch is back—after your nose or toes, and even your ears. An Itch in the small of your back can just about bring you to tears. Catch me if you can, is all he’ll ever say, and just when you want to take a rest, is when he’ll start to play.

How does an Itch know when your hands are full, your hoods done up, you’ve just put on your boots, or even worse, when your head is on the pillow, your pillows on the bed, you’re just about to fall asleep, when an Itch finds a toe, and it’s Sneaky who won’t let go! Sneaky has lots of friends. In corners, and crevices they keep. An Itch it just seems is always out of reach. They work in teams you know, and hop from hair to hair, and always let you know. They are bold and brave, and never scare—Itches can be anywhere!

Now even Itches have times when they mind, and thank goodness, even a Sneaky Itch sleeps. There are good Itches, like a tingle or a tease, that come and go as they please, and then there are bad Itches that never, never go away, simply because you want it that way. You can pretend an Itch does not exist. Believe It (if you can), but an Itch is an Itch ignore it you might, in a flash there’s a scratch over here—over there; even when there’s nothing, an Itch is always there!

All Itches love to travel. They can drive you crazy just trying to keep up! They’ll tickle the top of your head, slide down the curve of your back, stopping every now and then along their journey for a snack. Mornings are particularly pleasant, for they have been waiting all night long for just the right moment to strike, and when you are lying in bed, and you are still half asleep, that is when a Sneaky Itch is at its best.

Or, when your skin is really really dry, an Itch can make you cry. They love you when you’re flaky, when the dirt builds up, or your hairs gone snaky, and socks if you wear them for more than a day, Hey!  It’s heaven for Itches that won’t go away. Wishing away an Itch won’t help, but we all know they don’t like water. Even though some Itches are super tough, and won’t wash away in a shower, if you take a warm bubbly bath, scrub yourself clean, and rinse away the soap—for it’s the Itches only hope you’ll not quite clean the dirt away, and just to be certain you’ve chased the Itch away, add a little powder or cream.

An Itch can wear many disguises. They can feel like a tickle, or feel like a twitch; A cat hair can sometimes confuse you, a trickle of sweat, a loose dangling thread, or heaven forbid crumbs in your bed, a dry bit of skin or a wound that is healing, a breeze through the hair, a fly that won’t scare—they’re up your nose, and in your ear—nobody knows what disguises they’ll wear. While you are chasing what could be an Itch, they’ve nestled in a crack in the small of your back, in just the right spot out of reach of a scratch to hopefully DRIVE YOU CRAZY!

Friends help out with Itches especially the Itches that hide out of reach, or hop from the top of our head to your toes while you’re washing the dishes or falling asleep. Nothing, nothing is better than this…A Mom or a Dad who scratches that Itch when it’s just out of reach.

What does an Itch look like? Heaven Forbid! Are they green? Are they purple or gray? With long skinny legs, and tiny little wings, tentacles, teeth and scratchy things? Is the Sneaky Itch here to stay, or can we make him go away with a rub or a scrub or a scratch…and where do Itches go when you chase them away? If you know what they look like or where they may go, Please…Please let me be the first to know.


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