This casual comment, and the sense of resignation that it contained, echoed in my mind for several weeks. To put it bluntly, I would have thought that only so-called “at risk” kids talked like that. Don’t most middle-class kids see their futures as glimmering with possibilities? Perhaps I should be glad for my step-daughter’s healthy grasp of the economic realities of life; that she hasn’t bought into the prevalent myth of entitlement. After all, the homes in question are in the million-dollar range, and the people who own them are at the very top of the national income scale.