Time.com recently offered readers a glimpse behind the curtain of a mini culture within metro Detroit, a culture of 80s music, taco salad, Rice Krispies treats, and the exchange of challenges and best practices. We’re, of course, talking about the Grosse Pointe Moms Club.
The group includes moms from all of the “Pointes,” five suburbs northeast of Detroit that are much more well off than their Detroit neighbors. But unlike the housewives and moms you see on Bravo, these women find themselves grappling with selling their houses for half of what they’re worth, learning to bargain hunt, job loss and retraining, and much more as they gather around the kitchen counter.
“The immaculate lawns and beautiful homes are a sort of facade that covers a growing loss of certainty in the future,” Robin Boyle, a professor of urban planning at Wayne State University, told Time.com.
“While the moms spend plenty of time on traditional subjects — rambunctious kids, traveling husbands, visiting relatives — their conversation also embraces a topic that an earlier generation of Grosse Pointe ladies would have carefully avoided: living with less money. ‘More than ever, part of your responsibility for your family is being aware of your budget,’ says club president Gabriela Boddy, a former industrial engineer who left her job by choice. ‘People don’t want to waste the money that is so hard to make these days.’”
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