“The father is violent. He beat me even on my honeymoon”

Sometimes memoir, sometimes help book, sometimes nutrition help manual. On January 12, “A Woman Must Have a Plan” was released in Italy, written by Maye Musk and published by Giunti Editore.

“A woman must have a plan. This is how Maye Musk, 74, chose to name her book, which was released in Italy on January 12 by Giunti Editore. Five chapters, almost 200 pages to tell a life that could have been interesting even without a relationship with one of the most influential entrepreneurs of recent years. A dietitian, model and mother of three, Maye has lived in eight cities in three countries, emerging from a marriage to an abusive man and repeatedly finding herself in empty apartments with lives that rebuild. He was born and married in South Africa, then lived between Canada and the United States. The book is somewhere between biography and helphelp, with the latter veering towards nutritional advice.

First person narrator. The sentences are very short. Recommendations are placed in each paragraph. Some examples. “It’s better to be interesting than beautiful. On my tombstone, I would rather say Era Simpatica than Era Bellissima. “You don’t have to have style, just find a friend who does”. “Always wear sunscreen! If you don’t protect yourself from the sun, you’re in trouble. “Before a cookie, eat three apples. At first you will be satisfied”.

Elon and the two sisters Kimbal and Tosca

Maye Musk, née Haldeman, gave birth to three children in “three years and three weeks”. Elon went first, then came Kimbal and Tosca. Although the most anticipated details of this volume are concerned precisely with the relationship with Elon, it must be recognized that Maye Musk is martial in disseminating anecdotes. The three children have the same space and, at least from what we can read, also the same love.

The book talks about Elon as a precocious genius, who was able to program video games at the age of 12 and send them to industry agencies. But we also talk about Kimbal’s attention to cooking which will lead him to manage a series of restaurants or Tosca’s attention to singing and music. Now he works as a film producer.

Net of fair share, there are a few anecdotes about Elon Musk, although they are well known since the first English edition of these memoirs began circulating in 2019. One of them is about the advice Maye gave to Elon and Kimbal when they were working on Zip2, their first company. The company’s project is to create a system of road maps with automatic route directions to follow to reach a destination. Basically a precursor to Google Maps.

“While they were setting up the company, I tried to travel with instructions printed from the program. I got to Distinction but couldn’t get back because there was no turning back on the road – it was full of one-way streets. It was necessary we gave directions for the return, and after my experience, the boys added them to the program”.

Zip2 was Elon Musk’s first hit. Founded in 1995, it has collaborated since 1998 with more than 160 newspapers and magazines, for which it has provided various services. In February 1999, it was acquired by Compaq Computer for 305 million dollars: Elon and Kimbal got 22 and 15 million dollars respectively. That same year, Elon Musk helped found PayPal.

Family and desert adventure

The best quotes of “A woman must have a plan” below all dedicated to the family. There are stories of Maye’s childhood adventures. A sweet moment created by trips in a small plane piloted by Father Joshua Haldeman, a chiropractor who loves aviation. Here we also read about vacations in search of lost cities that children usually only stop to think about.

“Every July, when it’s winter in South Africa, my family searches for the lost city of Kalahari. At that time, Botswana was still called Bechuanaland. Once my father took a plane and my mother followed him in the car. We spend three weeks in the Kalahari Desert. The mother carried food, water and fuel for three weeks and five children”.

The meeting with Errol Musk

The sweetness of childhood stories freezes with the arrival of Errol Musk, the man who will eventually marry and become the father of her three children. Errol is initially portrayed as a violent man, beginning an arranged marriage that Maye barely knows about. With Musk’s future father, problems have already begun on the honeymoon.

“During my honeymoon, he hit me for the first time. I was surprised. I want to leave but I can’t. He has my passport. Or again, when Elon was born: “The nurse told my wife: ‘Take care of his back. It will put you at ease. ” ” What do you mean? ” he answered her. “He should have stroked it for me. Look at the stool you gave me. I’m leaving. Call me five minutes before I give birth”.

After ten years of violence, Maye managed to get a divorce. Over the years, she moved with her children first to Canada and then to the United States. Errol is not mentioned again in the book. The man is still alive, he should be 77 years old now, but he is far from the spotlight. However, in his book, Maye recounts that years later he met Sue, Errol’s second wife.

“We went to a cocktail party together, where he introduced me to people and said, ‘This is Maye Musk. She was married to my ex for ten years, then I moved in with him for ten minutes. And we laughed. . People don’t understand why but we don’t care. We forget everything while laughing.

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