Middle Class, But Raised in an Upper Class World

I grew up in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the nation thanks to my dad's position as a prep school teacher and coach. My brother, sister and I rode our bikes up and down hallways carpeted with Saarinen rugs, and spent our summers on a prep school campus that educated the bluest of blue bloods, including several U.S. presidents, prominent businessmen and authors. We settled for a few years on Long Island, where my dad was a teacher and my mom was a school librarian at the exclusive day school we attended, and my siblings and I were granted a ticket into an elite world that was far from our birthright.