I’m what some people would consider “sheltered,” well, in a certain sense of that word. As a child, I went to elementary school about two blocks…

I’m what some people would consider “sheltered,” well, in a certain sense of that word. As a child, I went to elementary school about two blocks away from my house and therefore my parents expected me to be home right after school or they could easily come get me. I didn’t get an allowance, and even when I asked to go out to play with my friends, my parents would just give me a look like why would you do that? It wasn’t until I went to a high school 30 minutes away by public transportation that I got an allowance, a cell phone (which I am currently still using), and was “allowed” to go out with my friends more (which really wasn’t a lot anyway). Public transportation was a new concept for me versus my other friends who have used it for a long time. Not that I’m saying being “sheltered” was necessarily a bad thing — I mean, I didn’t fall prey to anyone with drugs or alcohol, but it does bring some inconveniences in adjusting socially.
– Vivian