Jason Brian Rosenthal is a wonderful father, can flip a pancake like nobody's business, offers gumballs to unsuspecting recipients, and is the subject of a singles "ad" as it appears in the most recent New York Times "Modern Love" column. The person who's trying to find a match for Jason: his wife, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a prolific children's book author/memoirist who's dying of ovarian cancer. The bittersweet essay, entitled "You May Want to Marry My Husband," relays the day Amy and Jason found out she was sick (Sept. 5, 2015), offers a glimpse into their long life together with three grown kids (two sons and a daughter), and then makes a simple Tinder-esque request to any interested readers: "Let's swipe right."
Rosenthal doesn't hold back on why any woman would be lucky to give Jason a new shot at love, singing his praises on all things domestic and romantic, all "based on my experience of coexisting in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days." Her pain at having to say an eventual goodbye is evident, and she notes that as she finished writing this piece on Valentine's Day, she had "only a few days left." But the Times column ends with extra white space at Rosenthal's request, so that if Jason finds someone new, the couple can begin with a "fresh start." "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," she writes. Read her essay in full here. (Read more opinion stories.)