“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

Because I was intrigued, I stole this meme from Midlife Mommy.  Obviously, some of the answers for my son are projected based on current plans.  Someday maybe I will show this to my son, so he knows how good he has it.  The things are true are in bold.

 The meme from my parent’s perspective (8/34):

1. Father went to college

2. Father finished college

3. Mother went to college (Dad’s mom went to “Normal School” for teaching)
4. Mother finished college (Dad’s mom got a “Normal School” certificate (teaching))

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. (Dad lived on a farm – no TV, only books)

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 (my mother had figure skating lessons)

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
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 (Mom was an only child, Dad was only boy)
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 (Mom did – only child.  Dad did (only boy))
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.

The meme from my perspective (8/34)
1. Father went to college (community college – associate’s program)
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. (I worked for Macy’s, so I had an employee card)
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 (one summer – Girl Scouts)
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 (I was the oldest)
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 (only girl in the house)
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.(Dad did)
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.

The meme from Harry’s perspective (22/34)
1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college (twice!)
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor (okay, PhD, but not professor)

6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers(when he gets there, likely so.)
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home (did pre-Katrina, and likely again soon)
9. Were read children’s books by a parent. (Every night)

10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 (We are starting him in music lessons)
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 (Likely)
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 (not if I can help it)
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs. (We have a 529 for him, if he doesn’t get scholarships)
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs.
16. Went to a private high school (possibly, but I doubt it.)
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 (most, with some hand-me downs from cousins)
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them (Oh, hell, no!)
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 (we hope, maybe not)
25. You had your own room as a child (only child)
26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18. (He’ll likely have a cell)
27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course.
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school (No plans for it)
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college (born too late – need OUR retirement)
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 (already has – three times)
31. Went on a cruise with your family (hopefully)
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. (If I can help it, he will never worry about this like I did).

January 7th, 2008 at 2:04 pm
3 Responses to “Privileged Meme – stolen from Midlife Mommy”
  1. 1
    Suz Says:

    This is really fascinating…my concern is that my kid’s “privileged” state will drop from mine, but I’m trying not to have this happen.

  2. 2
    magpie Says:

    Fascinating. I may steal this meme, too.

  3. 3
    feefifoto Says:

    This is a very interesting survey. I don’t see much usefulness aside from the potential to wave it in my kids’ faces when they complain of deprivation, but at the very least it gives me some security in the knowledge that I’m providing the best possible life that I can for my children.