A lot of the kids in my neighborhood wear coats with long flapping sleeves like straightjackets. Little ones with zippers starting between the ankle and knee. They are adorable! Swinging their sleeves back and forth and swatting at each other. Two-season coats. Their parents have tried to buy coats that will last more than one year. Isn't that adorable?

The professional class is COMPLETELY out of touch with reality, myself included. My kids had fresh new coats every season as did all of their friends. So here I am a world apart from the parents in my neighborhood. Smiling benignly at a pre-schooler with a coat to her ankles. How cute is that!!??

My profession is advertising. The dream factory. And right now it feels woefully out of step with reality. We all know the rich are getting richer and the poor and getting poorer. Marketing seems to follow money and I'm starting to feel like I'm in the court of Louis XIV, looking out of the watery glass in the window of Versailles thinking - ah coats with long sleeves, how adorable! Is that the new fashion trend?