Friday, March 21, 2008

A Life of Privilege- I've been tagged

Miss Mexpat tagged me with a meme about how you were raised. The premise is that you "bold" all the statements that are true. The more bold lines one has, the more privileged one's formative years were.

Please note: 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.


Father went to college

Father finished college-
A couple of times, he went back to get his Masters when I was a kid

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
(I think they mean social class)

Had more than 50 books in your childhood home

Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
- I was a book fiend, it was the one thing that was always on my Christmas list and books were what I begged for, no dollies, no toys, just books

Were read children’s books by a parent

Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
- dance, gymnastics, piano, singing, acting, sailing, driving (haha)

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-
and a scholarship

Went to a private high school

Went to summer camp
- Lots and lots of them

Had a private tutor before you turned 18
- I didn't need one, I WAS the tutor to other students

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
- Yep, and I was a pissy little sixteen year old who complained about the colour

There was original art in your house when you were a child
- Yes, though I can't recall most of it except for my brother's paintings (he's good)

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

You had your own room as a child

Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course- Didn't need it in Canada back in my day, don't remember hearing anything about SAT's except on TV

Had your own TV in your room in High School -

Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
- Do savings bonds count?

Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
- We traveled quite a bit, first overseas flight at 9 years old when we went to England and Scotland

Went on a cruise with your family
- No cruises, but we did always own a boat

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


So there you have it. I think I did indeed have a pretty privileged upbringing, gracias padres! I could tag people, but I think I will leave it open to anyone who wants to try it. Though I am tempted to bug Rivergirl and make her do it, haha, I know how much she loves memes. :)


Anonymous said...

Nice! Yup, you and me had pretty similar upbringings. This one was pretty easy, you didn't have to think of anything to answer really! Me likey.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

LOL, My dad traveled for a living, so we never traveled when he was home! He always saw the first run movies on the plane so we seldom went to the movies either. We had the same black and white 1955 tv set until 1975, he would just fix it when it broke. But my mom drove a new Mercedes Benz and we owned a 4 seater airplane. I took flying lessons at 15 but decided that I didn't care to learn. So if we flew anywhere my dad took us.
I didn't take an SAT/ACT prep course, I doubt that they were available, but I was a national merit scholarship runner up (that means that I scored in the top 3% of the people who took the SAT that year).
Anyway, I don't come out as privileged according to your meme at all.

Anonymous said...

I forgot how fortunate I was even though we were "poor" second hand clothes, used cars, no junk food, we didn't get a TV till I was 14 or so and we never ate out, But we had books all the books we wanted to read 12/14 a day in the summer . I'm glad I read this it made my day

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