Dying wife writes husband’s dating profile

A woman dying of ovarian cancer wants to help her husband find “another love story”.
Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal has written a heart-rending essay on her life with her husband of 26 years, in the hopes the “right person” might read it

The American children’s book author and memorist was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015.

Krouse wrote the New York Times piece entitled You May Want to Marry My Husband in homage to her relationship, and as she faces her final days with the disease.

The author writes she wants to “create a general profile for Jason right here, based on my experience of co-existing in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days.”

Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Rosenthal and her husband, Jason, have been together for close to three decades and have three grown up children. Photo: Twitter

She then goes on to list his qualities, each illustrating the ways in which her husband has shown his love for her.

The piece reads very much as a love letter to her partner of three decades, with Krouse saying: “He is an easy man to fall in love with. I did it in one day.”

Krouse also recounts an experience of writing her latest memoir where she invited a reader to suggest a design so they could get matching tattoos.

“In September, Paulette [the reader] drove down to meet me at a Chicago tattoo parlour,” she writes.

“She got hers (her very first) on her left wrist. I got mine on the underside of my left forearm, in my daughter’s handwriting.

“This was my second tattoo; the first is a small, lowercase ‘j’ that has been on my ankle for 25 years. You can probably guess what it stands for.

“Jason has one too, but with more letters: ‘AKR.'”

At the close of the essay, Krouse leaves a blank space, “as a way of giving you two the fresh start you deserve.”

She ends the touching piece: “With all my love, Amy.”

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