You may recognize a lot of her work as a published author, but Amy Krouse Rosenthal has gone viral this spring because of a letter she wrote for the New York Times when she realized that very soon, he would be alone. She wrote a “dating profile” for her husband, hoping that it would encourage him to move on once she passed away.
The piece, “You May Want To Marry My Husband,” was written from a place of hope with only days left to live, and it left people speechless.
After discovering that she had ovarian cancer, the couple faced the end of their marriage. After 26 years, children, and successful careers, she would be leaving him behind to pick up the pieces of their life alone, and she just couldn’t bear it.
I have never been on Tinder, Bumble or eHarmony, but I’m going to create a general profile for Jason right here, based on my experience of coexisting in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days,” she wrote.
She describes him as a good chef, a compassionate father, and enthusiastic concert-goer, a sharp dresser (their sons are always borrowing his clothes), and a caring husband. At 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and hazel eyes…
My guess is you know enough about him now. So let’s swipe right.”
He took every chance that he had to make each day special, surprising her with olives and delicious cheeses to munch on while he made dinner, or making “some kind of oddball smiley face out of items near the coffeepot: a spoon, a mug, a banana.”
Rosenthal wishes that she had more time with her family, but realized that the time has come to leave them in someone else’s capable hands.
I am wrapping this up on Valentine’s Day, and the most genuine, non-vase-oriented gift I can hope for is that the right person reads this, finds Jason, and another love story begins.”
The truth? This letter was her final love letter to her husband, and while she gave it a fun spin as a “dating profile,” the incredible sentiment behind her farewell to their shared experiences is leaving thousands of people in tears.
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