Letters to the Editor

Social Security rejects this stay-at-home mom

I would like to address the issue of Hilary Rosen's comment about Ann Romney not having "worked a day in her life."

After graduating from college with a bachelor's degree in education, I taught school in South Norfolk, Va. for one year. Then I married a U.S. Air Force pilot, and we moved every year or so. I became a stay-at-home mom to our four children. When we attended parties, people asked, "Do you work?" I looked them straight in the eye and said, "Every single day." They often replied, "I meant outside the home."

Later, I was a substitute teacher and worked part-time in a bookstore. Now that I am of retirement age, the Social Security office sent me notices indicating that I didn't work long enough to receive any payment. Do you know how low-down that makes someone feel?

I didn't pay much into their system, but I worked every day of my life.

Anne S. Grace