He was a head taller than anyone else…August 10, 2011
Yesterday, my wife and both girls accompanied me to the barber. While I was in the chair, an elderly gentleman entered the shop and began browsing the magazines while he waited. My four-year-old daughter watched him closely for several minutes before making the following announcement to everyone in the shop:
“He doesn’t need a haircut. He doesn’t have any hair.”
I was so surprised/shocked that I didn’t say anything. My wife seemed similarly paralyzed. My daughter apparently saw our speechlessness and decided we must need clarification.
“He’s bald,” she added.
I think it’s how we respond in moments like these that show our true parenting skills. Should I correct her for being unknowingly rude? Should I explain how the barber shop is a social setting as well as a place of business? Should I tell her to sit quietly with no explanation whatsoever?
I opted for none of the above.
I stared at the wall and pretended they were all somebody else’s family.