Mom With Terminal Cancer Writes Heartbreaking Dating Profile for Husband
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If the name Amy Krouse Rosenthal rings a bell, it might be because you’ve read one of her many books on parenting. Or perhaps you’ve read one of her countless children’s books to your own kids. More recently, though, you may have seen her name in the Modern Love section of the New York Times where she recently published an essay titled, You May Want To Marry My Husband.
In this incredibly moving piece by Rosenthal, the 51-year-old author of books for kids and parents alike reveals that she is in the end stages of a long battle with ovarian cancer. But the piece itself is not about her struggles (which she has been courageously facing since 2015). Rather, it is more a list of all of her husband Jason’s best qualities.
In the essay, Rosenthal waxes poetic about how she met and fell in love with her husband, and more importantly, why she hopes someone else will, too, someday.
“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,” Rosenthal writes before listing his qualities, much like a typical dating profile.
“He is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and hazel eyes,” she starts off. “He is a sharp dresser. Our young adult sons, Justin and Miles, often borrow his clothes. Those who know him — or just happen to glance down at the gap between his dress slacks and dress shoes — know that he has a flair for fabulous socks.”
“If our home could speak, it would add that Jason is uncannily handy. On the subject of food — man, can he cook.”
It’s a difficult piece for sure, and Rosenthal writes from the heart about her life partner, who is a “sharp dresser” with a “flair for fabulous socks,” a wonderful cook and lover of music, a lawyer who also happens to enjoy painting, and incredibly compassionate. He’s the type of guy who shows up at a “pregnancy ultrasound with flowers” and who always remembers to surprise his wife with her favorite gumball whenever he returns from a trip to the mini-mart. It’s impossible not to feel the tremendous amount of love Rosenthal has for her husband.
“I am wrapping this up on Valentine’s Day,” writes Rosenthal. “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.”
Here’s to Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s enormous heart, who even in her final days, finds a way to continue to spread love into the world with her words.