It makes me cringe.
Whether I read it somewhere on my blogging home at ChicagoNow or somewhere else, when I see the words, "North Shore" and "snob" next to each other, my blood pressure goes up. I live on the North Shore. I am not a North Shore snob.
Here's the thing—being a snob has nothing to do with geography. It's about your attitude. If you want to call yourself a snob, as Dad All Day did today when he decided to eviscerate the Jewel I occasionally shop at, be my guest. But that attitude has nothing to do with having a Glenview address—or a Wilmette one, or Evanston one, Northbrook ... Deerfield ... etc. And a crappy Jewel is a crappy Jewel. Did you think because it's in Glenview it was going to magically be better? Listen, I miss my Dominick's too—Jewel bought the one I shop at, and the first thing I thought was, "Shit, now I'm going to have to go to Whole Foods for my produce." I get it. But it's got nothing to do with the North Shore.
I have been a proud Glenview resident for more than eight years now, and remain so. I am sorry that, for example, the Veganstylist, seems to have had nothing but horrid experiences with people on the North Shore. But again, I would point out—certain behaviors displayed—and I have seen them, trust me—have nothing to do with an address. I have run into self-righteous, clueless, narcissistic assholes all over the place. Not just in Winnetka.
There are so many wonderful, giving, philanthropic individuals I have crossed paths with that live in my town and elsewhere on the North Shore. The parents that I work with on a regular basis that support our high school's band program, for example. These are people who give until it hurts, so some of our students with fewer financial resources can participate in our marching program and go on band trips. Or how about the people that support Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook? Or the many local churches and service organizations that take on projects not just up here in the 'burbs, but in the city and across the country?
Did you know Little by Little Haiti, an organization that's all about helping lift Haitians up from poverty, was started by a Glenview resident? Or that a Northbrook/Glenview artist started a studio, Art and Soul, designed specially for kids with special needs? Or that the Cystic Fibrosis Institute, an organization that supports kids with CF, is based in Glenview?
Belligerence born from the "It's all about me" attitude does unfortunately seem to come along more with a bigger checkbook. I know that. And because there is concentrated wealth on the North Shore, it's an easy assumption to make, and even easier moniker with which to label an entire community. But just because it's easy doesn't make it right. There's a lot of good going on here. Check it out.
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