I looked over in the middle of Mass and realized Ilya was wearing his hat. Oh, dear!
I've never really understood on any level why it is rude for men and boys to wear hats indoors, but really nice for women to. But, I do know that occasionally there is someone, usually an elderly person, who is really enthusiastic about this idea and on the look-out for miscreants.
Of course my Russian is not up to explaining, in a whisper, during Mass why the hat should be taken off and his bizarre hair revealed to a large crowd, so I shirked this motherly duty.
No one actually came over and grabbed it off his head, but I hope the word is not "out" around the parish about what disrespectful boys I have!