Westchester County just may be the ultimate suburb. Westchester is where dreams are born and made ... and then, often, retired. Beginning where the Bronx ends, Westchester is a commuter city where Upper West Side moms flock in mass exodus to raise their (often privileged) kids. Yes, a uniquely New York brand of suburbia thrives in this county, and if you grew up here, you know what I'm talking about. Here are 13 ways you know you grew up in Westchester.
1. You grew up saying you live "right outside the city"
Technically, yes, you did, but you are not a Manhattanite, and you wear that badge of shame quite well.
2. Metro North was your key to opportunity
In 45 minutes, it would chug you away to the mostly-too-cool-for you city. If only the winter didn't infringe upon your method of escape...
3. Starbucks was the place to hang out
4. You get angry when people think Westchester and Long Island are the same thing
5. Moving to New York City was not that big of a deal
In fact, it was kind of a breeze...
6. You cringe when people say you're from "upstate"
It's even worse when they assume that you have a farm. YOU'VE NEVER EVEN BEEN TO A FARM. (But you have been to Stew Leonard's.)
7. You grew up thinking Malls were the best
Robin Sparkles agrees.
8.. ...The Westchester Mall, more specifically.
The Palisades Center, one of the biggest malls there is, was "just a drive over the Tappan Zee Bridge," so it was easily accessible — but that behemoth belonged to Rockland County. You had a classy amalgam of Neiman's, Nordstom, and Tiffany & Co right at home.
9. You know the SUNY public school system in and out
10. Bat mitzvahs were a competitive sport
You were the queen. You still are the queen. Glen Island Harbour Club, anybody?
11. You rode the roller coaster that appears in this music video
12. Once again, not Long Island
13. You have a lingering suspicion that you just might end up back there
Hey, there are definitely worse fates.
Images: Flickr, Creative Commons; Robin Sparkles GIF