Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
9:14 pm - Privileged Meme...  
Snagged from septembergrrl, a list of questions apparently designed to show college kids exactly how privileged they are. What ever.

Bold the ones that are true for you, even the ones that make incorrect assumptions about the situation.

- Father went to college (Well, sort of. The Army Air Force sent him to college for six months for OCS during WWII.)

- Father finished college (Nope, after OCS he was shipped to Great Bend, KS, where he spent the rest of the war training B-29 crews how to bomb Laramie, WY, in all weather conditions.)

- Mother went to college (One year)

- Mother finished college (Nope, ran out of money. Good thing for me, though. She took a job as a stewardess at the airline where my father worked. That's how they met.)

- Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor. (Then again, both my grandfather and my uncle were presidents of major insurance companies, but president of a corporation is not on the list.)

- Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers (I guess. On the other hand, a lot of my high school teachers were priests. I'm thinking apples and oranges here.)

- Had more than 50 books in your childhood home

- Had more than 500 books in your childhood home (Easily.)

- Were read children's books by a parent (You don't have to be privileged to read stories to your kids.)

- Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

- Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18

- The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively (Fat geeks? I think not.)

- Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 (I got my first credit card when I was 31.)

- Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs (Student loans, baby!)

- Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs (See above.)

- Went to a private high school (I went to a Catholic prep school. I'm not sure that's what they're thinking about.)

- Went to summer camp (Once, for two weeks. I learned how to swim, and also that I hated summer camp.)

- Had a private tutor before you turned 18

- Family vacations involved staying at hotels (Family vacations, what are those? Seriously, apart from three trips to Chicago to visit my grandparents, we never once went on vacation as a family while I was living at home. The first time I ever stayed in a hotel was on my wedding night.)

- Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 (I did get a lot of new clothes because I was the eldest. My brothers got a lot of hand me downs. My mother also made a lot of clothes for us, and practically all of her own.)

- Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them. (Are you kidding?)

- There was original art in your house when you were a child (There's a painting my aunt did when she was young and taking art classes that she gave to my mother. My sister has it hanging in her house now. I'm pretty sure that's not what they meant, though.)

- Had a phone in your room before you turned 18.

- You and your family lived in a single family house

- Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home (They owned their own home when I was one. The GI Bill was a wonderful thing. Of course back then the house cost less than my pickup truck.)

- You had your own room as a child (Technically. In our first house I shared a room with my two brothers. I had the top bunk. In college I had to share a room with one brother. But for three blissful years in high school, I had my own room. Of course, I've made up for it in the last twenty-five years or so...)

- Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course

- Had your own TV in your room in High School (Nope. I did have one in college, sort of. My mechanical genius brother managed to repair (by replacing some dead vacuum tubes) an old Motorola cabinet TV/phonograph that had been sitting down in the basement. It was an enormous piece of furniture that took up a huge chunk of our room. It was a bit like the entertainment system armoires you can buy these days, except it came with the TV (b&w) and phonograph (mono) built in. The picture wasn't exactly what you'd call clear, though.)

- Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College. (Nope, just as well, too. I'd have bought a better bike...)

- Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 (Those trips to Chicago I mentioned. Of course, since my dad worked for the airline the tickets were free passes. Flew first class, too.)

- Went on a cruise with your family (Hah! On the other hand, my mother's parents went on cruises with their families as children. The cruises ended at Ellis Island.)

- Went on more than one cruise with your family

- Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up

- You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family (Honestly, does anyone's parents tell them what the heating bill is? Now the phone bill...)



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