The Remarkable Woman Who Penned A Dating Profile For Her Husband
You May Wish To Marry My Husband
By now you've surely heard about the amazing and beautiful open-letter style dating profile Amy Krouse-Rosenthal penned for her husband of 26 years, which was published in the March 3, 2017 New York Times Modern Love Column-- just 10 days before dying from ovarian cancer.
Warning: you WILL cry, but you will undoubtedly be inspired, whether you are seeking a long term relationship, or simply trying to figure out how to use the written word to create your own written narrative in an authentic way.
Krouse-Rosenthal, 51, was an accomplished, prolific, and much loved author from Chicago. She was mother to 3 young adults. But even more than that, she was one of those illuminating spirits whose sense of wonder and awareness about the beauty of life, and the importance of love, inspired countless people to live more fully.
You can find Amy on YouTube, creating experiential public art, watch her spread joy and celebrate humanity and love on one of her TED talks, or peek at one of her colorful children's books.
But back to that love-letter to her husband Jason, which she wrote in the tongue-in-cheek style of an online dating profile.
The dating profile headline? You May Wish To Marry My Husband.
In the homage to her husband, Amy writes,
"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 co-existing in the same house with him, for like, 9,490 days".
She reflects on how she and Jason met on a blind date in her early 20's, and although she had no expectations about falling in love with him, she knew by the end of that dinner that he was the man she would marry.
She goes on to describe what makes Jason an amazing husband, including a physical description (5'10, 160 lbs, salt and pepper hair...remarkably handsome) and his quirky love of tiny objects and awesome socks. She describes his talents of flipping pancakes and his expertise at giving funny or touching gifts. She touches on the many other endearing and attractive qualities she finds in her husband, and proves that the power of the descriptive word can pull readers in like nothing else. The entire letter/profile is an homage to a 26 year relationship, and to the power of love and commitment.
Amy Krause-Rosenthal leaves 3 grown children, her parents, and her siblings, countless friends, and millions of people whose lives she has deeply touched and inspired. She ends her dating profile with the following sentence:
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.