How Privileged Am I?

I saw this on a BLOG I found recently, borrowed from THIS blog. For the simple reason that I haven't posted anything in days, and have nothing much to say for myself, I decided to 'play along'. The ones in bold apply to me (not sure what to do about it other than feel guilty as I attempt to resist the urge to point out all the times things did not go well):

Father went to college

Father finished college

Mother went to college


Mother finished college


Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor

Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers

Had more than 50 books in your childhood home


Had more than 500 books in your childhood home

Were read children's books by a parent
- my mother and my paternal grandmother

Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
- see next line

Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
- ballet when I was very young, then gymnastics until I was about 8. Then - piano, voice, art/drawing.

The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively


Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18


Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs

Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs

Went to a private high school

Went to summer camp

Had a private tutor before you turned 18
- this is not as awful as it sounds, I was home schooled for Jr. High and High School and could not get my head around Algebra on my own. If not for the fabulous Polish grad student who tutored me, I'd be even more mathematically inept than I am.

Family vacations involved staying at hotels
- yes, but also motels and camping - it varied!

Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
- except for some dresses my 2 grandmas made, they both liked to sew.

Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
- my first car of my own (I was already in my 20's - I was strange, I never really wanted a car) was a VERY used 1986 Camero. It was lovely, but not very practical for winters in WV. Sold it and got a crappy SUV, which then got traded in on a nicer one.

There was original art in your house when you were a child - only mine (my mother thought I was talented, LOL)

Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
- not sure how to mark this one ... I had a phone in my room, of course, but not my OWN line.

You and your family lived in a single family house - until my parents got divorced. When they got married they bought a tiny little Spanish style bungalow in Costa Mesa from my paternal grandparents (my grandfather's father had owned the house), then sold it and moved to a bigger 50's track house in Fullerton in the same neighborhood my dad grew up in. But when they divorced the house was sold and my mom and I moved into an apartment for about 5 years before she bought the condo.

Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home


You had your own room as a child
- except for the 5 years in the apartment when my mom and I shared the one bedroom.

Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course - I never took the SAT.

Had your own TV in your room in High School


Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College

Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
- my first commercial flight was with my dad when I was 9 - we went to San Francisco. That was it for air travel (everything else was by car) until I was 16 when my mom and I went to New England.

Went on a cruise with your family

Went on more than one cruise with your family

Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
- ALL THE TIME :)

You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family - I was aware of the state of all the bills from about 7 or 8 on up.

1 comment:

MountainLaurel said...

I don't think it's a marker of feeling guilty for how well you had it. I had it pretty rough at times, especially in high school and in graduate school, but what I think of is that there are folks that had it rougher, and I admire them.

I never realized what a blessing it was to not know about a utility bill until I took this quiz. I was also lucky enough not to work while I was in high school and to have a stay-at-home mother (who worked evenings during the holidays for extra money), but then again I didn't have the latest styles in clothing or music, etc. I think it was a matter of priorities.

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