# Growing up
Adult Lessons in Elementary – Adoption Diaries
We were recently at my folks’ house for dinner and my Dad wanted a glass of wine. Not a wine drinker, I am not particularly skilled with cork removal. I was slightly concerned when my fifteen year old offered her expertise in this skill. Turns out in her former life, she offered service with a smile wine delivery to her Step Mom on a regular basis as she soaked for hours in the tub.
The Problems of Growing up Rich
I can’t knock the degree of privilege I was raised with, but I can also be aware that it came with its own set of problems. My parents were rich, but not flashy. We lived in a home in an expensive neighborhood, but my parents bought brand new non-luxury vehicles that they’d drive for ten or more years. My first car wasn’t a brand new Lexus or Hummer as some of my classmates at the elite public school I attended: it was a red 1984 Pontiac Sunbird.