Amy Krouse Rosenthal knew she was dying. Instead of just letting go, she wanted to make sure her husband would live on after her passing. Naturally, she did this in the most creative (and devastating) way possible. The dying woman wrote a dating profile for her husband.
Before her death, Rosenthal published an article in The New York Times called, “You May Want To Marry My Husband.” It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: A hilarious love letter to her husband that doubles as a makeshift “about me” section of a dating profile.
Obviously, she didn’t want her husband to spend the next 20 years pining over her, so she decided he would be getting a new lady in his life.
The letter starts off by getting the obvious out of the way—Amy Rosenthal is on her deathbed. She moves past that glaring tidbit with humor and finesse and goes on to describe her husband, Jason, using anecdotes.
When I was working on my first memoir, I kept circling sections my editor wanted me to expand upon. She would say, “I’d like to see more of this character.”
Of course, I would agree — he was indeed a captivating character. But it was funny because she could have just said: “Jason. Let’s add more about Jason.”
The letter deftly segues into what he looks like and his skills in the kitchen. Let’s not mince words here—it’s beautiful. Having someone who loves you write your dating profile should be the norm from here on out, because people who love you can capture your personality in a way that you can’t due to self-consciousness.
She goes on to describe an incredibly giving, funny, and talented man. Surely, any woman who read it would want a chance to get to know him, and finishes with this gem:
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.
Amy passed away in March 2017. According to a statement in People, her husband, Jason, had no clue she was writing the letter. Of course, he found it to be a beautiful and moving tribute to the time they shared together.