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Meg

Yes, it was as much the choice of musical acts as the conspicuous consumption that floored me. I mean, ew -- Kenny G?

Sy Knuckleduster

MD:

Why the apology for capitalism at all? Sure, we all want to have enough cash to live large. But there's a line to be drawn somewhere. It used to be that extremely conspicuous consumption was frowned upon by both our neighbors and broader society. Sadly, now it's celebrated.

BossLady

This is in response to "Karen"'s comment, the one who wasn't brave enough to leave her email address. Yes, we live in a condo in Tribeca and we admit to being pretty big consumerists. (let's face it: we are addicted to good food, traveling, and gadgets!) But why is setting a "good example for your children" equated with selling "your place and move somewhere less expensive and modest and where the public schools are good such as Bayside or Little Neck, Queens? And the commute is easy." What has real estate got anything to do with setting a good example? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

And I think it's pretty arrogant of you to judge EVERYONE in my neighborhood as buying things not for the sake of quality but "only because everyone else does." Speaking only on behalf of my family, it's pretty unfair that you make these judgments against us. Is that what you think when you see us on the street, or anyone who has a $700 stroller walking out of their loft building? That we have all these possessions because EVERYONE else is doing it? PLEASE.

We try to get the best that OUR money can buy for the Peanut. And yes, it's all relative, right? What we spend on the Peanut might be too extragavant for some or too shabby for others. The whole point is how do you raise a kid with good values and have them grow up knowing the value of the dollar? I can't believe anyone would imply that a child who grows up in Bayside would have better values than a child who grows up in Manhattan. It's not the real estate. It's the parenting.

And FYI, I grew up in Astoria, Queens and it was my dream to live in downtown Manhattan. And by your comments, I guess my parents didn't raise me right.

Thanks for knocking down the level of discussion that MD's site normally has.

Grandmother

I just read this entry and I felt compelled to comment.

First, I agree that to spend so much on a child's party is obscene.

I come from a different culture both ethnically and geographically and I work for a non profit that provides services to recent immigrants from Mexico. Many of our clients are very poor, often undocumented and illiterate. They are employed as busboys, dishwashers, hotel maids, gardeners, farm workers, and day laborers. During this time of year many are unemployed and have difficulty making the rent, paying their utilities or buying diapers. They seek us out to help them. While it is our mission to help them and we do it with grace, we often can't help but notice that the children of some of our clients (emphasize some) are wearing gold bracelets, earrings and pendants. They can't pay the rent or buy diapers but the kids are wearing 14K gold.

Another Mexican tradition is the "quinceanera" a coming out party for 15 year old girls. We'll hear of families going into debt and spending thousands of dollars they don't have or can't afford to have this party.

My point, rich or poor, regardless of ethnic background we often give our children mixed messages about money.

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