"Oh neat, I can go with you on your field trip this year!"
"Do you want me to be a chaperon?"
"I don't know. Will your hair be back by then?"
"Uh....considering it's only a few weeks away, probably not. Why?"
"Well, I don't want you to go if you're bald."
"It might be embarrassing. What if everyone says, 'Hey J--, your mom is bald?' What if people laugh at you?"
"What if they do? Do you think your friends are that mean?"
"I don't know. I just don't want them to see you bald."
"Well...I always wear a hat when I'm not at home."
"But what if it falls off, or the wind blows it off?"
"I don't think that's going to happen. Listen, if being embarrassed is the only reason you don't want me to go, that's not a good reason. There will always be people around who can be mean and make fun of you, or anybody else, for no reason. If you don't do things just because you're afraid that someone might try and embarrass you, there will be a lot of things you'll miss out on in life."
thinking about it
"OK...you can come....just don't wear your Scottish hat. It looks goofy."
Goofy's a little harsh....don't you think?