‘If You Give A Man A Mouse’

| April 30, 2014
Chuck Stovall

Chuck Stovall

By Chuck Stovall

Social Security Administration

 Happy National Poetry Month. Now, if you’ll have a look-see,

read our poem inspired by If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (by Laura Numeroff):

If you give a man a mouse

he’s going to want to use the computer.

If he uses the computer

he’ll probably want to log onto the Internet.

If he surfs the Internet, he’s going to want to visit some interesting websites.

He’ll probably visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

If he visits www.socialsecurity.gov,

you can bet he’ll check out our library of publications at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

If he reads some of our publications,

he’ll probably want to check out the online services.

If he does that,

there’s no doubt he’ll open a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Once he explores my Social Security,

he’ll end up reviewing his Social Security Statement.

Then, he’ll want to explore what will happen if he retires at different ages

by using the Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator.

If he plugs in different scenarios, such as earnings amounts and retirement dates

then he’ll probably start thinking seriously about retiring.

He’ll read the publication When To Start Receiving Retirement Benefits.

After he reads that,

he’ll ask you what you think about his decision to retire,

but he won’t listen to your answer.

Instead, he’ll use the Retirement Planner at www.socialsecurity.gov/retire.

It won’t take him long to realize that he wants to retire

so he can spend more time on the computer.

He will ask you to make him a cup of tea,

so you put on the kettle.

He will apply for retirement benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline.

It will take him 15 minutes.

The tea won’t even be ready until

after he has submitted his application.

He will start receiving his payments electronically

and he’ll pay all of his bills online.

And chances are, if he’s back on the computer with his mouse in hand,

he’ll remember how easy it was to use Social Security’s website

and he’ll comment about it by using Social Security’s social media hub

at www.socialsecurity.gov/socialmedia.


Category: Social Security

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Chuck Stovall is an assistant district manager with the Social Security Administration.

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