At the park one day with my son, we encountered a family and the mother was wearing a hijab. My son, then three, called out, "Look Daddy, Muslims!"
"Ha ha," I said wanly, "I guess he shouldn't be watching so much CNN."
Fortunately, the mom handled this with aplomb, saying to her family, "Did you hear what the little boy said? He's right. We're Muslims."
Of course, this could have been much worse. When he sees slender African-American women he is apt to shout, "Daddy, look - it's Condoleeza Rice!"
Ha ha, I shouldn't have let him watch the 9/11 Commission hearings with me.
Sometimes I make things worse. We were discussing Spiderman's enemies - one of whom is "Hydro-Man" who can turn into water.(?!?) I am teaching my son sarcasm and began joking, that you don't need Spider powers to fight Hydro-Man, a paper towel would do. I told him about Rosie and Bounty (the quicker picker upper) and how maybe Hydro-Man could be her archenemy.
Than I got a little carried away, and though of the perfect hero for an epic battle with Hydro-Man - Towel Head Man.
"Ahem," my wife said, "Was that a good idea?"
"Ha ha," I smiled wanly.