I've seen this on a couple of other lj's, and it intrigued me. My answers surprised me.
* Father went to college
Father went into the navy, and then went to work for IBM.
* Father finished college
* Mother went to college
* Mother finished college
* Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
I do now, via marriage, twice removed. I don't think that counts.
* Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
* Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
* Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
* Were read children's books by a parent
Oh, heck yes. I remember that I started reading "Little House in the Big Woods" by myself because my mother didn't have as many hours to read it to me as I wanted.
* Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
* Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
Tennis and swimming. My mother couldn't swim, and wanted me to be able to (I still can't.) I loathed tennis, but she thought I needed the exercise (I still do.)
* The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
* Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
* Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
Three semesters before I flunked out...
* Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
* Went to a private high school
* Went to summer camp
* Had a private tutor before you turned 18
* Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Family vacations involved driving non-stop the distance from central NY to St. Paul, MN to stay with my grandparents with no air conditioning. We did get a motel the year the car's transmission died in Toledo, OH on a Saturday afternoon.
* Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Mom made most of my clothes for a long, long, long time. She still makes my work skirts for me if I ask nicely. I had many new clothes, but not all, and the farther back in my life you go the more were home made.
* Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
* There was original art in your house when you were a child
* Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
I didn't have a phone in my room before I went to college. I didn't have one after I came back until I moved in with my (now) husband.
* You and your family lived in a single family house
* Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
Them and the bank who held the mortgage...
* You had your own room as a child
My brother is 11 years older than I am. By the time I was becoming sentient, he was moving out...
* Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
* Had your own TV in your room in High School
* Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
* Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
I was placed in the tender care of Northwest Airlines to visit the grandparents a few times.
* 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
In Herkimer, NY? Please...
* You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family
I remember going through the JC Penney wish book at Christmas time and *budgeting* my wish list. At six, I'd give myself a budget, and work on that list until it didn't exceed the budget.
I say my answers surprise me, because I've always thought of myself as a child of privlege. Yet very few of these apply. I guess I was privleged in all the ways that really count - loving, supportive family. I never had the newest hot toy, but any book that I wanted to read somehow found it's way into my hands.
I have no complaints.