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02 January 2008 @ 12:56 pm
Privilege Meme  
Even though I'm doing well financially now, I retain that feeling of scarcity.  I feel like I could lose it all at any time, so I avoid risks.
Boldface those that apply to you.

Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college (From age 6-16, I was raised by our family's preacher and his wife.  They finished college.)
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor (The preacher's dad was a doctor.)
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers (This is debatable.)
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 (The Chronicles of Narnia.)
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 (Two years of piano.)
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
The people in the media who dress and talk like you are portrayed positively (I thought the Texans around me sounded stupid, so I made a conscious decision to talk like newscasters instead.)
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 (Church camp, and once to game camp.)
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels (The above mentioned doctor took the preacher's son and me to Vegas, but we had to leave early when his credit card was cancelled.)
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 (The parsonage.)
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 (I used a self study book.  It was helpful, particularly for the vocabulary portion.)
Had your own TV in your room in High School
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College (I saved most of my pay from my 2.5 years in the Navy before college.)
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 (to game camp)
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
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family (When I was 15, I returned home from school to find a technician preparing to disconnect the electricity.  He waited while I walked a few blocks to my bank, emptied my savings account and returned to pay him the amount due.)