From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.
I've done the bold thing for the ones that counted, but gone for italics for ones that didn't but I wanted to give some extra info.
1.Father went to [Tertiary Education]
Dad went to primary school, then started work.
2.Father finished [Tertiary Education]
3.Mother went to [Tertiary Education]
Mum went to primary school, then started work.
4.Mother finished [Tertiary Education]
5.Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
My cousin's husband is a doctor, that's it for the whole family.
6.Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
7.Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
Do Little Golden Books count? Until I got into reading, there wasn't much else.
8.Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
No, but I had way more than that at the local public library, which was two minutes walk away.
9.Were read children's books by a parent
Mum read to me from the Little Golden Books when I was very little. Apparently Pinocchio was my favourite.
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
11.The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
Generally people who dress and talk like me are either loved or hated by the media. In this case I'm talking my semi-regular rural/outback/hippie look. Either portrayed as a loveable character (who is often uneducated or outlandish in speech and/or action), or just plain thick, bigoted, and usually drunk.
12. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
13. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority/all of your college costs
Never went to Uni.
14. Went to a private high school
De La Salle in Malvern. Left and started work once I turned 15 because I hated it.
15. Went to summer camp
16. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
17. Family vacations involved staying at hotels
No, they involved staying at other relatives houses, or camping. But we rarely had 'vacations' as such, more a weekend away. When dad had holidays, we usually stayed home.
18. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
19.Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
20. There was original art in your house when you were a child
21. Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
We didn't even have a phone in the house until I was about 16. I once got sent a telegram from a friend who was desperate to contact me.
22. You and your family lived in a single family house
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left
Yep, but with my help.
23. You had your own room as a child
Not until I was into double digits. Before that I had to share a room with my parents.
24. Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
25.Had your own TV in your room in High School
26. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
27. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
28. Went on a cruise with your family
29. Went on more than one cruise with your family
30. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
No, but I took myself to them. This was back when the Melbourne Museum was free, I never would have had enough money to afford the tram ticket and an entry fee.
31. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family
I was, but at the same time Dad had a motto - never go cold. We usually used kerosene heaters in the house until my teens. At one point our finances got so low the only bill that got paid was the gas bill. I remember us sitting around the gas stove with the over door open, keeping warm and playing cards by the light from the flames within.
Which is a funny one to finish on, given that while we certainly didn't have loads of cash, were certainly the poorest of our relatives, and I was by far the poorest kid at De La Salle, we never thought of ourselves as poor.
Mum just reminded me that almost all my toys were hand-me-downs from relatives. That was fine, the trouble was that when dad got drunk, he'd get very generous with my toys, and give them to other people for their kids without my knowledge. First I'd know about it was when I'd come home and he'd say "You didn't want that insert-the-item any more did you?" There's a good reason I have none of my childhood toys or books.
Which is, I think, a major contributing factor to why I have trouble throwing things out.
And mum and I used to go 'shopping' every Friday night. We'd get the tram down to Chapel Street and go to the Coles there, where I would select a book from their book section, and then take it with me to read while mum and I ate chips in their cafeteria. Then I'd put it back, we'd visit the Dairy Queen for an ice cream, drop into the pet shop to look at the animals, then go home. Other than food, the only times we bought anything was for school, or when I had saved up my pocket money enough to buy a book.
But other people were poor. We had difficult times, but were happy enough for most of them.