According to the Chicago-Sun Times, Rosenthal's agent, Amy Rennert, confirmed the bestselling children's book writer died in her Lakeview home today, describing her as "the most life-affirming and love-affirming person."
Our thoughts are with Rosenthal's loved ones — and it's safe to assume she has many of those.
In what may be the most heartrending story you'll read on the Internet, ever, an author with terminal cancer devised her husband's "dating profile" from her deathbed in a New York Times essay that's sweeping cyberspace.
Warning: Keep a few Kleenex handy, because it's downright tragic.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal has authored 28 children's books along with a recent memoir, "Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal." She has ovarian cancer, and she is not expected to live very long.
As such, Rosenthal gave her husband, Jason, what may be the greatest parting gift possible. Her infinite and unbreakable love for Jason rings clear throughout the piece entitled "You May Want to Marry My Husband," even in her declining health.
"If you’re looking for a dreamy, let’s-go-for-it travel companion, Jason is your man. He also has an affinity for tiny things: taster spoons, little jars, a mini-sculpture of a couple sitting on a bench, which he presented to me as a reminder of how our family began.
Here is the kind of man Jason is: He showed up at our first pregnancy ultrasound with flowers. This is a man who, because he is always up early, surprises me every Sunday morning by making some kind of oddball smiley face out of items near the coffeepot: a spoon, a mug, a banana."
Jason, it seems, is incredibly lucky to have spent 26 years with the radiant Rosenthal, who's capable of a love many of us can only dream of.
If you're not a watery wreck yet, the ending, in which Rosenthal lays the groundwork for her husband's fresh start, will open the floodgates indefinitely:
"I want more time with Jason. I want more time with my children. I want more time sipping martinis at the Green Mill Jazz Club on Thursday nights. But that is not going to happen. I probably have only a few days left being a person on this planet. So why I am doing this?
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."
There are simply no words.
Close every other tab and read this https://t.co/249JGRqvMq— John Hendrickson (@JohnGHendy) March 3, 2017
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