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Every Sunday,The New York Timespublishes reader-submitted essays about love, everything from romantic love to familial love to the love of one's pet. This week's essay, which appeared online this morning, is entitled
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a children's book author and memoirist, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and she appears to have written this column on her deathbed. She was also fiercely loving her husband, and considering his future after she was gone. She wanted his future to be a good one.
"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. It is perhaps the most beautiful dating profile ever crafted:
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.This is a man who emerges from the minimart or gas station and says, "Give me your palm." And, voilà, a colorful gumball appears. (He knows I love all the flavors but white.)My guess is you know enough about him now. So let's swipe right.
Read it, because Friday is a fitting time to think about good things, like connections between people, and families, and strength. Good things are not always happy things. This essay isn't merely happy or sad; it's more nuanced than that. It's real life.
Read the full essay .
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