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Gakked from omphale23 and a bunch of other folks.

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Bold the items that are true.

* Father went to college -- Yes. He started at a seminary, dropped out after meeting my Mother, and then went back for a degree in social services. And, yes, I did use him as a source for some info in "Father Confessor".

* Father finished college -- Yes.

* Mother went to college -- Yep. Mom was an English teacher.

* Mother finished college -- She has a BEd, and later went to RISD to get a Masters in the visual arts.

* Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor -- Nope.

* Were the same or higher socio-economic class than your high school teachers -- My Mom was a teacher, my dad was first a social worker and then a prison administrator, so pretty much exactly the same class.

* Had more than 50 books in your childhood home -- Yes. In fact, I think I had more books than that, personally. All I ever wanted from people as gifts were books.

* Had more than 500 books in your childhood home -- Probably, and especially if you count the large revolving library collection I had. I would bike-ride to the library weekly and load up my panniers with another stash. I read about a book a day from the age of 8-17.

* Were read children's books by a parent -- Yes, sometimes, although I remember feeling a bit guilty about taking up my parents time with it, and so I was very excited to learn to read for myself.

* Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 -- I remember a few weeks of piano lesson, a few gymnastics lesson that I abhorred, and I took horse-back riding lessons for a few months , until we ran out of money for them.

* The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively -- Yes, although that's partly because my Mother was insistent that we dress and talk like newscasters. I was NOT allowed to have a local accent, use speech patterns common in my extended family that weren't grammatically correct, etc. I thought correcting people's speech was what you did. Which made a WONDERFUL impression on other children and my kindergarten teacher, as I recall.

* Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18-- Yes, when I went to college at 17.

* Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs -- Yes, although I carefully chose the college and worked out a series of grants, scholarships, etc, to make the costs more manageable.

* Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs -- Nope.

* Went to a private high school -- I went to a religious high school, Society of Friends (Quakers). Which was a large financial burden on my family, even with the scholarship and book fund, but I was both deeply miserable and woefully under-educated at my local high school. I may have also implied Divine Inspiration for my sudden desire to go to the private school. Umm. Looking back, that was sort of naughty.

* Went to summer camp -- Yes. The Tupperware corporation ran a summer camp for it's employees' children. I'm still not sure how I qualified for that, but apparently I did. There may have been ninja paper-work involved.

* Family vacations involved staying at hotels -- No. Motels or camping.

* Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 -- No. K-Mart, JC Penny, and used clothing stores.

* There was original art in your house when you were a child -- Yes, if you count my Mother's paintings, the furniture she made, the rugs she wove, etc. She was an artist in her spare time.

* You and your family lived in a single family house -- Yes. My great-grandfather willed us his house when he died. I was ... oh, 4 at the time.

* Your parents owned their own house or apartment before you left home -- Yes.

* You had your own room as a child -- Yes. I slept in the living room until I was about 9. By that time my Dad had refurbished the attic and made it into two bedrooms.

* You had a phone in your room before you turned 18 -- No.

* Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course -- No, I always aced those things, never needed any prep.

* Had your own TV in your room in High School -- No.

* Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College -- No.

* Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 -- Yes. My grandparents took me on a trip to Disney World to celebrate their retirement.

* Went on a cruise with your family -- Nope.

* Went on more than one cruise with your family -- Nope.

* Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up -- When we went on road trips, we would drive around, sleep in camping grounds, and hit the museums during the day.

* You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family -- For some reason, finances were a big secret in my family. They would argue about the bills after I went to bed.