Recorded: 14 Jun 2005
I am not proud of being Sydney’s wife because I don’t—it’s hard to explain. I’m proud when my children do something very well which isn’t very terribly often, but now and then because they are my children. He is my husband, but he isn’t mine. He’s just another separate human being in this world with whom I have a very, very close relationship. When somebody and I think it was in Stockholm insisted that I must have contributed to what he has become, I said, oh yes, yes, you are quite right. I picked up his towel off the bathroom floor. I now put his toothbrush back in the toothbrush jar and you know. I mean I didn’t contribute. I didn’t contribute. Talking to the wives of famous people, we do a lot of mild complaining or good-humored complaining, none of us would have changed anything.
May Brenner was married to Sydney Brenner from December 1952 until her death in January 2010. She was engaged in doing a Ph.D. in Psychology in London.