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* Father went to college - Queens College was free back then
* Father finished college - just shy of master's
* Mother went to college - yes, though I was maybe 12 when she completed
* Mother finished college - at least one master's, possibly two
* Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor - cousins and uncle are professors. Dad was accepted to medical school, but couldn't afford to go. Most of my relatives are either teachers or social workers.
* Were the same or higher socio-economic class than your high school teachers - Mom taught after 20 years as a stay-at-homer, Dad was a bio-chemist
* Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
* Had more than 500 books in your childhood home - just in the living room. My father put built-in shelves all over the house that were overflowing with books.
* Were read children’s books by a parent - daily by mom. Dad only read when mom had her League of Women Voters meetings downstairs. Sometimes sisters would read if they wanted me to memorize something like The Night Before Christmas, so I could perform like their little monkey. One read me lots of Dr. Seuss.
* Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 - piano, horseback riding, swimming
* The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively - eh, I guess
* Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 - sacrilege
* 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 - mom prides herself on this, cause they had to struggle to send all 5 to school debt free
* Went to a private high school - never, parents didn't believe in it
* Went to summer camp - Speers-Eljabar YMCA horsey camp for 2 weeks, three summers in a row
* Family vacations involved staying at hotels - only when there was a hurricane and tent or camper wouldn't survive
* Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 - last of 5, got lots of hand-me-downs
* There was original art in your house when you were a child - some professional, most by relatives. Lots of all kinds of artwork around.
* You and your family lived in a single family house
* Your parents owned their own house or apartment before you left home - they bought in '61 and had 30 yr mortgage. I just happened to be born late.
* You had your own room as a child - sometimes, when someone was away at college. 5 bedrooms, 7 people; as the youngest, I got passed around a lot. Never mattered much, though - I just crawled into bed with anyone who'd let me until I was about 6.
* You had a phone in your room before you turned 18 - never, even if they could have
* Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course - I refused, cause I'm dumb. Oh, and self-destructive
* Had your own TV in your room in High School - tv was there, didn't belong to me though
* Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College - I had insurance money fund from accidental burn from scalding water when I was three
* Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 - 2x times company dad worked for flew families to resorts in Florida and Arizona
* 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 - and the theater. It was nice.
* You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family - true, but I do remember a lot of yelling about the phone bills, and at one point actually having a lock on the big phone, so my sisters couldn't abuse it. Strangely, we had two phones with different #'s in the kitchen - "little" for free, local calls and "big" for long distance and incoming calls.

Date: 2008-01-03 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This really seems like a questionnaire to measure exactly where in the middle class you were. No questions like, "did you always have enough to eat?" and "how many of your relatives were in prison?" and "how many of your relatives graduated from high school" and so on. I guess the assumption is that the person answering it is privileged; the question is how much.

Date: 2008-01-03 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It also comes down to values. I mean, could your parents afford things, but just chose not to spend their money that way. My parents didn't have a lot of money when my sisters and brother were younger. Even if they had, they never would have let us have credit cards or taken us on a cruise. They liked camping. They liked spending money on plays, etc., but it took years of begging to get a vcr, you know? We also had a lot of inexpensive fun at parks or beaches. And we almost never ate out.

My husband's parents were far from wealthy, but they could afford to pay for their kids' education, they just didn't to teach them a lesson. Lesson learned--they suck.


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