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Had their third before their first paycheck?!?

Posted by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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Thoughts?


How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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fatcat0908
by Bronze Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM
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Mitt Romney has absolutely no idea what real life is like, he is so out of touch with the average American it's frightening.
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katy_kay08
by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM
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thoughts?  I need to get my eyes checked or it's really blurry.  

jridgill
by Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:41 PM


Quoting katy_kay08:

thoughts?  I need to get my eyes checked or it's really blurry.  

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heidimoose134
by Momma Moose on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM
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"No, I did not work. Mitt thought it was important for me to stay at home with the children, and I was delighted. Right after Mitt graduated in 1975, we had our third boy and it was about the time Mitt's first paycheck came along."

This part makes me cringe. He wants to tell other mothers that they need to work but when it's his own wife that's affected and his own children that are affected it's important that the mother stay at home with them. Okay, then. 

GLWerth
by Gina on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

It is a quote from an interview she gave a while ago.

Interview with Ann Romney in the Boston Globe (by Jack Thomas, October 20, 1994; the abstract is here; the full text costs $4.95). Of her student days with Mitt at BYU, Ann said:

“They were not easy years. You have to understand, I was raised in a lovely neighborhood, as was Mitt, and at BYU, we moved into a $62-a-month basement apartment with a cement floor and lived there two years as students with no income.

“It was tiny. And I didn’t have money to carpet the floor. But you can get remnants, samples, so I glued them together, all different colors. It looked awful, but it was carpeting.

“We were happy, studying hard. Neither one of us had a job, because Mitt had enough of an investment from stock that we could sell off a little at a time.

“The stock came from Mitt’s father. When he took over American Motors, the stock was worth nothing. But he invested Mitt’s birthday money year to year — it wasn’t much, a few thousand, but he put it into American Motors because he believed in himself. Five years later, stock that had been $6 a share was $96 and Mitt cashed it so we could live and pay for education.

“Mitt and I walked to class together, shared housekeeping, had a lot of pasta and tuna fish and learned hard lessons.

“We had our first child in that tiny apartment. We couldn’t afford a desk, so we used a door propped on sawhorses in our bedroom. It was a big door, so we could study on it together. And we bought a portable crib, took the legs off and put it on the desk while we studied. I had a baby sitter during class time, but otherwise, I’d hold my son on my lap while I studied.

“The funny thing is that I never expected help. My father had become wealthy through hard work, as did Mitt’s father, but I never expected our parents to take care of us. They’d visit, laugh and say, `We can’t believe you guys are living like this.’ They’d take us out to dinner, have a good time, then leave.

“We stayed till Mitt graduated in 1971, and when he was accepted at Harvard Law, we came east. He was also accepted at Harvard Business School as part of a joint program that admits 25 a year, so he was getting degrees from Harvard Law and Business schools at the same time.

“Remember, we’d been paying $62 a month rent, but here, rents were $400, and for a dump. This is when we took the now-famous loan that Mitt talks about from his father and bought a $42,000 home in Belmont, and you know? The mortgage payment was less than rent. Mitt saw that the Boston market was behind Chicago, LA and New York. We stayed there seven years and sold it for $90,000, so we not only stayed for free, we made money. As I said, Mitt’s very bright.

“Another son came along 18 months later, although we waited four years to have the third, because Mitt was still in school and we had no income except the stock we were chipping away at. We were living on the edge, not entertaining. No, I did not work. Mitt thought it was important for me to stay home with the children, and I was delighted.

“Right after Mitt graduated in 1975, we had our third boy and it was about the time Mitt’s first paycheck came along. So, we were married a long time before we had any income, about five years as struggling students. …

“Now, every once in a while, we say if things get rough, we can go back to a $62-a-month apartment and be happy. All we need is each other and a little corner and we’ll be fine.”

 

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:57 PM
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“Now, every once in a while, we say if things get rough, we can go back to a $62-a-month apartment and be happy. All we need is each other and a little corner and we’ll be fine.”

Well, that, and investments.  What a load of BS.  "Living on the edge" means "not entertaining?"  

I think they should quit playing this story up.  If she wants to bond with women she should say "I know I am lucky and I respect women and the hard choices they must make...."blah blah blah.  This other crap is condescending and obnoxious.

HadleyAzure
by Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM


Quoting stacymomof2:

“Now, every once in a while, we say if things get rough, we can go back to a $62-a-month apartment and be happy. All we need is each other and a little corner and we’ll be fine.”

Well, that, and investments.  What a load of BS.  "Living on the edge" means "not entertaining?"  

I think they should quit playing this story up.  If she wants to bond with women she should say "I know I am lucky and I respect women and the hard choices they must make...."blah blah blah.  This other crap is condescending and obnoxious.

I guess she is trying to show they struggled. It sounds pretty shitty if that aren't making it sound worse then it was.  However, I think a large part of the audience she is talking to is made up of people busting their asses and  not getting very far even with them working hard.

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Apr. 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM
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 Eh, who cares.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

funny!

GLWerth
by Gina on Apr. 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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Quoting HadleyAzure:


Quoting stacymomof2:

“Now, every once in a while, we say if things get rough, we can go back to a $62-a-month apartment and be happy. All we need is each other and a little corner and we’ll be fine.”

Well, that, and investments.  What a load of BS.  "Living on the edge" means "not entertaining?"  

I think they should quit playing this story up.  If she wants to bond with women she should say "I know I am lucky and I respect women and the hard choices they must make...."blah blah blah.  This other crap is condescending and obnoxious.

I guess she is trying to show they struggled. It sounds pretty shitty if that aren't making it sound worse then it was.  However, I think a large part of the audience she is talking to is made up of people busting their asses and  not getting very far even with them working hard.

Their "struggling" stock sales would add up to over 300k in today's dollars. Even over five years, that seems like a pretty good income to me.

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