Never have I felt as much affection for my Park Slope neighbors as I did after this weekend's trip to the shitshow that is the meatpacking district.
I obviously needed a reminder. I'm sorry, new mommies, for kind of hating you this week. 'Cause for every entitled asshole in the slope, THERE ARE AT LEAST 50 in the five block radius my impressionable tween and I walked this Saturday afternoon.
"Mom, what does pretentious mean?"
Yeah, good question.
Honestly, what the fuck has happened to this city? It was like a prep school reunion. A frat party. A fashion magazine spread.
I have decided that from now on, I will only wear florals and gingham when crossing over to the island. Maybe a pinafore. As a matter of fact, I'm going online to the Lily Pulitzer store right after I finish this post because I am embarrassed, I tell you, embarrassed at how monochromatic my city is becoming.
I felt as apart as the couple from Toledo: eyes wide, Wicked playbill in the guy's back pocket.
Even as gentrified and white as we seem most of the time in Park Slope, there are still NORMAL people here. People who stop and listen to the spiel of the ubiquitous causey representatives that litter our sidewalks. People who care about shit beyond how much shit they have. Our hair is still in desperate need of dye at times, our clothes schlubby and not always black, our unibrows untweezed, eyes bespectacled.
On the loooooonnnng subway ride home, the lights flickered and when they came back on, people looked like themselves again. Perfectly imperfect.
Okay, carry on.