I've always considered myself preppy. But the other day a friend told me that I could consider myself preppy but I was not a prep. His reasoning? I'm from California and plan to continue living here, don't have enought money, didn't got to the right schools (although I did go to private school which he considered marginally acceptable as opposed to where I am sending my kids), don't sail and I work full time. He of course hails from outside Boston, went to the "right East Coast prep school and college, is only living here until he can figure out a way to move back to Boston, sends his kids to private schools and of course, his wife doesn't work. I admit I was taken a back as they say
After considering his points, I have to say I disagree. Preppy isn't confined to New England, although I admit it was born there and remains perhaps the natural habitat of preps. To me being a prep is a state of mind. I value my family and my home. (hey, that's why I went back to work). I value tradition and try to celebrate it. The public school my kids attend is very good and they are thriving there. No, I don't sail because I get seasick on the dock but hey, I fox hunt and my daughter plays lacrosse. The picture above is my daughter with her grandfather at opening meet.
Preppy is a state of mind. It values tradition and manners. It appreciates the past and embraces the future. How many preps of the past would have blogged? Now there are tons of preppy type blogs. What do you all think? Is he right?