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A Quaker thinking about social class wrote up a set of "how privileged was your upbringing" questions, and made it into a meme. She based it on an exercise by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University, who ask that their copyright be acknowledged by anyone doing this meme.

This is based on North American/United States culture. Items in bold are true for me. Comments are in Italics.

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 I don't know what class my high school teachers were in
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 I don't recall having books read to me, I remember reading a lot, though
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
16. Went to a private high school
17. Went to summer camp
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels sometimes. We took a lot of business trips which involved staying in motels. I don't think that counts as 'vacations' though.
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
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. Had a phone in your room before you turned 18 How else could I plug in my modem? It wasn't a private line
24. You and your family lived in a single family house
25. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
My father half-built a house on undeveloped land. No running water, no indoor bathroom, not services or utilities other than electricity. We only lived there when we couldn't afford to live elsewhere. I don't think that counts.
26. You had your own room as a child
27. Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course Didn't need to
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
Another iffy one. My uncle worked for an aviation company that made nightly cargo runs up and down the coast. Occasionally he'd make arrangement between us and the pilots to catch rides for cheap to get from NY to NC to visit relatives. Not really what people think of when they say "commercial airline", but it was air travel bought and paid for
31. Went on a cruise with your family
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

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Just a couple of clarifications: I did go to Broome Community College for at least a semester and possibly 2. It's been a long time and I don't really remember. Eventually it became too difficult to work in the business and go to school. Contrary to what people who have never done it believe, when you work for yourself you work all the time. And, yes, you were read to as a child. You did learn to read very early though. Do you remember learning to read or does it seem to you that you could always read?

I have no memory of not being able to read. I have no memory of being read to. That doesn't mean I wasn't (as you have memory of reading to me) but I just don't remember it.

Sometimes it's very odd when I have had the opportunity to revisit things from my early childhood. I have found, for instance, Planet of the Apes story records in McDonough that I vaguely remember from my childhood, as well as books like There's A Monster At The End Of This Book. But I don't have clear memories of reading/listening to them when I was a child.

You recognized your first words when you were about 2 years old. You read a Holiday Inn sign. I thought you were just recognizing the logo but when I printed it out you still knew what it was.

I have no memory of learning to read. I remember not being able to read; looking at words and knowing they meant something. Then I started school and then I could read. I don't remember the process at all.

I was not read to as a child. My father could not read at all and my mother didn't care to. The books we had when I was growing up were books for me. My mom said that a book would keep me quiet for hours and that from the time I was able to hold a book I wanted one. I've often wondered where that came from since everybody else in my family basically considered reading for pleasure a waste of time. I had neither nature nor nurture to encourage reading.

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