it also can’t buy you love, they say.

I work in Marblehead these days. Marblehead is a little seaside town of about 20,000 people, most of whom own boats. The median income for a family of four is more than double my annual salary, and, as such, I’m accosted by relative wealth wherever I go. There’s no 2/$14 section at THEIR wine store, no half-price dollar aisle in their grocery. Everyone is genteel, composed, polite – it’s like walking among a different species entirely. Pilates-thin mothers carting tow-headed twins into Starbucks, the lot of them tanned, happy, and clad in organic cotton. I spend a lot of time wondering if I’m fat and ugly.

Then, the other day, I was in line for coffee, and there was this girl in front of me. On her shoulder rested a Louis Vuitton bag, and in the bag was a matching wallet. She paid for her lunch order with an AMEX while her topaz-and-diamond ring glittered jealously under the lights. Leggings, knee-high fur boots, some kind of baby blue wrap thing and way too much makeup for 3:30pm… And suddenly, you know, I kind of felt better.

Because, I figured, money can buy you a lot of things. But it can’t buy you good taste.

4 responses to “it also can’t buy you love, they say.”

  1. But are they happy??? It is what is in the inside that counts, they probably don’t have an inside purely stepford wife material.


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