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mem-ilege

Taken from 

kass_rants's journal to use her intro wording...
Here's the relevant information for you to know:

1. This exercise is based on one developed by
Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University (see the "looking at privilege" post in the above paragraph, for additional links).

2. The exercise's developers hold the copyright and have given permission for it to be posted, with links, on the Quakers and Social Class blog. They ask that those of us who participate in this blog exercise acknowledge their copyright, which I'm doing here.

3. If you cut-and-paste this exercise on your own blog, please leave a comment on the relevant post, pointing readers to your own post.

4. Copy and paste the list below into your blog (or as a comment in the relevant post), remove my own personal comments, and bold the items that are true for you. My own replies are below.


1. Father went to college - somewhere in Florida, he didn't rank it as a positive experience
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college - UNC-G
4. Mother finished college -
had a masters, and went back to school to become a Physician's Assistant before she turned 40 
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor - my cousin Sara married an attorney, my Mom is a PA, and my Mom and both Grandmothers taught K-12, so I guess this counts as half...
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers -- the same class, at least I always thought so.
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home - 1946 World Book Encyclopedia set for one, and we loved the school book fairs.
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home - doubtful, not a ton of room
9. Were read children's books by a parent - Family legend has it that I knew my Mom was taking a Children's Literature course when I was 6-9 months old, so I screamed my head off each night, and she read to quiet me. 
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 - Piano and horseback riding 
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18  - had just the two that I can remember [Correction: had swim lessons too before joining the swim team(s)
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively - Dunno, growing up the folks in the hand-me-down clothes were portrayed as kinda trashy or quirky. 
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 -- no.
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs - combination of grants, education loans, parental loans, etc. My parents promised me four years to do with as I could.
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs - nope, still have a low interest gov't loan I'm paying off slowly 
16. Went to a private high school 
17. Went to summer camp - sometimes went to Girl Scout camp, or a week at the beach with our church group, but not a regular more than a week away from home overnight camp each year...
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18 - don't recall needing one. 
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels  - since there was 5 of us one hotel room didn't cut it, we tended to rent a beach house/ condo for the times we went on vaca and make our own food instead of eating out, or stayed at the grandparents'
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 - I had an older sister, so clothes were sometimes new, sometimes hand-me-downs, sometimes thrift store or discount store, and Mom made some clothes too. Certainly not noteworthy name brand clothes. I still keep my first Gap sweatshirt even though I don't wear it because of what it meant.
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them - Well my older sister and I shared a car, but I think it cost $500 to buy. My second car was $800. Oh, and they were used to run errands, get to after-school job, and ferry younger sisters' about.
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child - depends on what you mean by original art? A needlework sampler from my parents wedding. A sea-gull/beach oil looking painting from some discount place, photos, etc.
23. Had a phone in your room before you turned 18 - yes, but it was an extension for semi-private conversations, not a separate line.
24. You and your family lived in a single family house - 3 bedroom suburban rancher in NC
25. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home - it wasn't rented, but I'm pretty sure the house was on mortgage or second mortgage during our higher education years.
26. You had your own room as a child - only when my older sister went to college. Otherwise I always shared with one sister or another, except for the one month I tried to make them share with each other and the fighting between them was too much to bear.
27. Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course - don't recall doing so, or needing to do so.
28. Had your own TV in your room in High School 
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College 
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 - Mom flew to New Orleans when the rest of us drove for a visit, and I got to fly back in her place. We were road-warriors when we traveled
31. Went on a cruise with your family - technically, but not until after college. 
32. Went on more than one cruise with your family - again, twice, but only after college. Parents only paid for the first one.
33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up - I honestly don't recall.
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family - while I never knew the dollar amount, we always tried our best to wait to turn on the A/C and keep the heat on low in the winter. Ceiling fans, sweaters, and socks were the first defense, the HVAC system the second. 

 



I guess we'd be considered lower-middle-class. We didn't have some of the huge homes that some of our friends did, vacations were mainly to visit family (free room and board), not to tour, and we had our penny-pinching mac-n-cheese and turkey instead of beef years, but I think we did all right. We all pitched in around the house, got small allowances for chores done while growing up. We were taught the meaning of a dollar, but I don't remember lacking in any essentials. Then again, as soon as I could work (baby-sitting to summer or after-school jobs) my earned money was for how I wanted to spend it. If I wanted something badly enough, I saved for it. I rarely remember asking my parents for money for a movie, for example.

 

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