(Mary Schmich)Rosenthal's "Modern Love" essay contained this passage, along with the fact that her first tattoo was "j," for her husband, who has an "AKR" tattoo."I want more time with Jason. I want more time sipping martinis at the Green Mill Jazz Club on Thursday nights," Rosenthal wrote about her husband of 26 years. I probably have only a few days left being a person on this planet. "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."The column recounts the couple's September 2015 trip to an emergency room for what they thought was "no-biggie appendicitis."Instead, Rosenthal was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, canceling many of the couple's plans and putting them on what she called "Plan Be," or "existing only in the present."New York Times editor Daniel Jones, who edited Rosenthal's column, said the essay was submitted by her agent.It became one of the most popular "Modern Love" columns, with millions of readers, Jones said."A lot of the response worldwide was how generous this was — this idea that you want your spouse, who's left behind, to find love again," Jones said.I've got a number of brilliant, beautiful, frank, funny friends, all capable of remarkable things, but writing an enticing online profile does not seem to be one of them. Some people offer their services in soup kitchens, some volunteer to shampoo crude oil off of sad, gooey pelicans; I rewrite online dating profiles.
She had a flair for random acts of kindness, whether hanging dollar bills from a tree or leaving notes on ATM's."I do what feels right to me," Rosenthal told Chicago magazine in 2010.
"If it resonates or plants some seeds, great."She experimented with different media and liked to blend the virtual and physical worlds.
I didn't have to read beyond her opening sentence—"I like the library! All the exclamation points in the world couldn't save that line. But surely there's a juicier way to bring up your literary fetish.
Your online dating profile is your selling point, allowing you a prime opportunity to showcase your best photos and your unique personality.
A Chicago 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...