The question came up on Twitter and it got me thinking....what were those moments and items that made me think you were balling as a kid? The conversation started on Twitter and bled over into our morning show prep discussions. Twitter user Samantha Ravndahl brought up the question on the site "what was the pinnacle of wealth to you as a child?" and got over 8,000 people discussing the question. Each of us started naming the moments we thought other kids' families were rolling in the dough. Here are a few examples I had where I thought people were extremely well off:

  • Refrigerators with ice and water dispensers- my parents never wanted to get a new fridge that had the fancy dispensers on the outside. It actually wasn't until they moved to New Mexico in 2007 that they finally got one. And even in my house now I don't have one. So I guess I'm not rich now either.
  • Kids with Powerwheels- I still tell my parents every Christmas about how I wanted and hoped I would get one of these for my present. Instead, when I turned 16 they told me I could have one instead of a car if I still really wanted one.
  • Kids with golf carts- This was a totally local thing because my cities don't allow golf carts to be driven on city streets. But Palm Desert wasn't a normal city. Many families had golf carts they used to drive around the neighborhood and even down to the grocery store. When your friends could come to grab you in their family's golf cart you felt like they were really living the good life.
  • Kids with their own phone lines- Clarissa explained it all and did it all on her sweet own phone line! That show was the ultimate goals because she had her own phone in her room AND got her own phone line to use! I never got one as a kid but my friends who did were the coolest.
  • Name brand clothes- If you had the Quiksilver shirt with the Roxy shorts in middle school you knew what was on trend. Throw on some a puka shell necklace and everyone knew you knew what was the hippest thing to wear.
  • Having your own room- Growing up, I shared my room with my sister but once my brother moved out, we finally got to have our own space and decorate as we saw fit. Still, there were a lot of my friends who still had to share a room with their siblings and they thought I was living the good life since I had this "massive" space all to myself.