I read Susan Cheever’s Newsweek/Daily Beast piece and I thought you would also find it interesting. as well; it looks at ‘old school’ WASPS and values. The Preppy Princess also did a blog post about it which is at this link (http://thepreppyprincess.wordpress.com/). It goes into how the mainly East Coast moneied class on which "preppy" was based was more than whale pants and head bands. Sure all that was there, but there was more. "
"A sense of a tradition of service—noblesse oblige it was called—that led them to give away lots of their money and to behave in ways that helped those who had less. John D. Rockefeller famously spent more time at the end of his life giving away money than earning it."
Sometimes I wonder where that sense of service went? Today for many of us that translates into volunteering our scarce time, in our kids schools, on youth sport teams, in the Junior League or other community group. I know I give more of my time that I wish I had too but too often I see parents who refuse to or just wont. I know that some folks can't. That work and just living, sometimes today just surviving takes up all the engery they have. But isn't that the whole idea? That those who are even slightly mroe forutnate should step up?