I find this really interesting. I guess in our culture we tend to ignore how much we have, especially when we are children; since we haven’t gotten *everything* we wan, we feel deprived. So I have bolded the things that were true for me during my upbringing, and of course made comments here and there….
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 potrayed 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. Not a trust certainly and I didn’t go for very long…..It was a big sacrifice for my folks.
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
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. 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.
26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18.
27. Participated in a 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.
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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I think I would add a few to this:
35. Never went hungry because there was no food in the house
36. Never went hungry because there was no food in the house, yet there was alcohol and/or cigarettes
I’m sure there are others…..maybe those aren’t privileges.
I am bothered by the fact that there are over 100,000 people on this planet *right now* who will live their entire lives without ever having felt full of food at any meal they ever have.