Curtis J. Goode
Professor Suzanne Weber
Intro to Sociology
August 7, 2011
Intergenerational social mobility means a change in social standing between generations. As I was growing up, I lived in a very low income neighborhood. The area in which I lived in was very dangerous at times, especially at night. We could not afford an alarm system because my father was the only one who was working at that time. However, we did have steel bars on our windows and doors to try and keep the burglars out. My father also would also keep a licensed gun in his nightstand by the bed.
My mother would get my sister and I up so that we could get ready for school. She would make sure that we had a good breakfast and have our clothes out so we would have something clean to wear. She would then walk us school so that we would not be scared or harassed. After school was over my mother would be outside waiting on my ...view middle of the document...
When I started high school we were able to move into a neighborhood that had a very low crime rate. We didn’t have to have bars on our windows and doors, and my father didn’t have to keep his gun next to him every night. My parents were very comfortable where we had moved to because they did not have to worry so much about my sister and I whenever we would go outside to play. I was able to meet and have new friends that went to my school. We were able to keep the doors and windows open to let in some fresh air when it was nice out. We really felt like we were a family that didn’t have to look over our shoulder anymore. I would look at how other people lived and where we used to live and compared them. From where we used to live to where we moved to was very nice and quiet and so peaceful. We were finally comfortable.
Now that I am grown and I have my own family to provide for, I am trying to do the best that I can to not have my children live the way that I had to grow up. Ever since my wife and I got married we have tried to do the right things so that we will not live in an area where the crime rate is high. There isn’t any drug activity or drug influences near or around the neighborhood that we live in. The area that we live in now is so quiet and peaceful that we actually enjoy where we live. We have very nice neighbors that are friendly and helpful whenever we need it. When we first moved into the neighborhood, we were welcomed with opened arms. Some of the neighbors brought us desserts and others just came to introduce themselves. We felt so grateful to have the privilege of living next to such wonderful neighbors. Everyday when my wife and I get home from work, we like to sit in front of our garage and enjoy the fresh air with our little dog. When we are sitting out there everyone that drives by always waves at hello.
This has affected me by making me more grateful for what my parents did for my sister and me. I now have so much respect for what my parents went through it has made me into the man I am today. I hope that when my children have a family of their own they will be able to live even better than what they experienced.