Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Another meme seen over at Dustbury

Premise: bold each of the statements that applies to you.

Original source: The list is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. The exercise developers ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.

Okay, I've acknowledged. And I acknowledge that somehow this is supposed to indicate how "privileged" or "advantaged" I was as a child. I'll admit straight-up that even though I grew up in a single-wide trailer, I was incredibly privileged and advantaged. I had bright young hard-working parents who loved me, I had terrific teachers, and great friends. It's all good.

Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor (my dad was in med school the whole time I was growing up, and now he's a doctor)
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers (most of them were friends with my parents because my mom was a teacher)
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home (My very best friends were books. I couldn't get enough of them. I would hide in my closet and read with a flashlight. If I was supposed to be cleaning my room, I'd find a long-lost book under the bed and start reading it.)
Were read children’s books by a parent (there was no way they could read to me enough to satisfy me, so I had a little record-player and books with records, and I'd listen to them so often I'd memorize them. If the reader was English, I memorized the book in an English accent.)
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
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
Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
There was original art in your house when you were a child
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
You and your family lived in a single family house (does a single-wide trailer count?)
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
You had your own room as a child (I was an ONLY child until I was nearly fifteen, so duh, I had my own room)
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course (never cracked a single book and made a 30 on my ACT... I am just a good test-taker. Not much of a long-haul study-er.)
Had your own TV in your room in High School (I saved up my own money and bought a black & white TV for my room when I was 9 or 10)
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family (I've never been on a cruise EVER, and I'm pretty sure my parents haven't ever been on one, either.)
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 (even if I had known, it wouldn't have meant much to me because numbers just don't speak to me)

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