“If you’re look­ing for a dreamy, let’s-go-for-it travel com­pan­ion, Ja­son is your man.”

Her ar­ti­cle to help him find love af­ter she’s gone goes vi­ral on­line

New Straits Times - - World -


AN author fight­ing ovar­ian can­cer, who may not have long to live, has of­fered up her hus­band in a tear-jerk­ing es­say: “If you’re look­ing for a dreamy, let’s-go-for-it travel com­pan­ion, Ja­son is your man.”

Amy Krouse Rosen­thal de­scribed her ill­ness and her mar­riage in a “Mod­ern Love” col­umn pub­lished Fri­day in the New York

Times. It didn’t take long for her es­say to go vi­ral on­line.

Rosen­thal, 51, wrote that she’s gone weeks with­out real food and falls asleep mid-sen­tence be­cause of the mor­phine she needs.

De­spite feel­ing weak, she said she had to write the es­say while she still could, be­cause she wanted him to fall in love again af­ter she was gone.

“He is a sharp dresser,” Rosen­thal wrote.

“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. He is fit and en­joys keep­ing in shape.”

Rosen­thal, who has au­thored two dozen chil­dren’s pic­ture books and a re­cent mem­oir, said she had been mar­ried to Ja­son Rosen­thal for 26 years. She lives in Chicago, ac­cord­ing to her web­site.

She wrote that on Sept 5, 2015 — when their daugh­ter had just left for col­lege, mak­ing them emp­tynesters, they went to the emer­gency room, be­liev­ing she had ap­pen­dici­tis.

In­stead, it was ovar­ian can­cer.

Soon, she said she be­gan ex­ist­ing only in the present. Then, she thought about the fu­ture.

“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.

Her hus­band was a lawyer and ex­cel­lent cook, who painted in his spare time, she wrote.

He loves lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, and showed up at their first preg­nancy ul­tra­sound with flow­ers.

“If he sounds like a prince and our re­la­tion­ship seems like a fairy­tale, it’s not too far off, ex­cept for all of the reg­u­lar stuff that comes from 2½ decades of play­ing house to­gether,” she wrote.

“And, the part about me get­ting can­cer. Blech.”

Amy Krouse Rosen­thal

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