Posted by: Calvin | January 3, 2008

Privilege

I am completing the following exercise to follow in the footsteps of many August Moms – my blog mentors!  I liked the twist that ramblingmom gave to the exercise, which was completing the list for me and my kids.  The items in bold reflect my experiences.  The italics reflect the experience for my kids (if it is an anticipated experience it is also marked with an asterisk*). 
 

1. Father went to college

2. Father finished college

3. Mother went to college

4. Mother finished college

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor

6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers*

7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home

9. Were read children’s books by a parent

10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18

12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18

14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs

15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs (For me:  My parents paid for all but one year of room and board, which I earned working as a Resident’s Assistant in a dorm.  For my kids:  I am praying for a scholarship or two!)

16. Went to a private high school*

17. Went to summer camp (just a day camp for both of us – we’ll see if my boys get to go to a fancy sleep over camp . . . I might win the lottery!)

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18 (just one son so far)

19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels(My kids are hotel snobs!  They have stayed at hotels that I never knew existed when I was a child!  This picture of Mojo putting on the Ritz says it well . . .)

kyle-at-the-ritz.jpg

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18  (My boys love the hand-me-downs they get from our SkunkApe Family Friends from Michigan!)

21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them

22. There was original art in your house when you were a child

23. You and your family lived in a single family house

24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home

25. You had your own room as a child (My boys share a room so far.)

26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18 (With cordless phones who cares where the base is located?)

27. Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course*

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

31. Went on a cruise with your family* (We have been saving our Disney points for a Disney Cruise.  We should have enough about the time that the boys can’t be bothered with Disney anything!)

32. Went on more than one cruise with your family

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

34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family (I remind the boys regularly how much I pay when they stand with the door open letting A/C’d air out of the house!  We don’t use the heat much here!)

Required Legal Small Print:  This blog-game is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University as reported by Quaker and Social Class. The exercise developers hold the copyright and ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright. 

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