Dick Turpin's column (March 17) about wives' job transfers reminded me of my own bitter experience four years ago. I am a married woman engineer with Hughes Aircraft Co. who was transferred from Canoga Park to the current assignment in El Segundo.
From the start, the hardest part of our move was to convince people that we really meant to move. The executive in my company whose job is to entice us to move, I suspect, really did not believe that he could convince us to move. Only when I showed him our escrow papers for our new home in Manhattan Beach, was he convinced that he should process the moving expenses.
Merrill Lynch Relocation Service Co., which was paid by Hughes to make my transfer easier, was at a loss as what to suggest. The counselor assigned to my case went through the routine of real estate prices, schools and churches, and promised to get back to us after studying our family's combined income and assets.
When I called back after several weeks, I learned that he had retired, and we had to start all over again with another counselor. I believe that the first counselor never believed that we were serious about our move for my job.