Kurt, to a Woman
Text Micol Beltramini
In 1990, Marianne Brown’s husband passed away. She was thirty-six years old and was left with three small children to look after. Forlorn, in a leap of faith she decided to write to Kurt Vonnegut to thank him for his books and compassion. Akin to somebody who prays without expecting an answer. Luckily, Kurt Vonnegut is a man, not God. A month later Marianne received the following letter:
30th November, 1990
Dearest Marianne Brown,
It can’t be said often enough, “It is the woman who pays”. The miracle is that so many can and do somehow. I was in love (still am) with a widow with four kids (two not her own). She somehow raised them all on a teeny weeny salary. I told her one time, “I worry about women”. She said, “Don’t”.
Our best wishes to all women. Always. Today included.