For nearly 40 years, the Hellinger sisters of Hastings-on-Hudson - namely, Imperia (Perri), Olympia (Pia), and Augusta (Gus) - have played the roles set down by their loving but domineering mother, Carol. Perri, a mother of three, rules her four-bedroom palace in Westchester with a velvet fist, managing to fold even fitted sheets into immaculate rectangles. Pia, a gorgeous and fashionable events coordinator at a museum on the Upper East Side, who became a single mother via sperm donation, still turns heads.
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With all the talk of the white working class having catapulted our incoming president to power, I’ve been pondering my own status, past and present, on the socioeconomic ladder. Admittedly now a card-carrying member of the liberal and coastal elite so despised by Donald Trump’s core constituency, I didn’t always see myself this way. But then, whether you consider yourself lower, middle or upper has a good deal to do with whom you’re standing next to.
"Notes on the Upper Muddle" is from the January 08, 2017 Lifestyle section of The New York Times. It was written by Lucinda Rosenfeld and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
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