Though the Times essay may have been many adult readers' first introduction to Krouse Rosenthal's work, the author has always been a giant in the children's book industry and a fixture of Chicago's literary scene, with 30 titles to her name, from the beloved "Little Pea" to the memoir "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life".
Rosenthal contributed to NPR several times, including a Thanksgiving-themed commentary from 1997 about what she was grateful for. "When I read her words for the first time, I was shocked at the beauty, slightly surprised at the incredible prose given her condition and, of course, emotionally ripped apart", he told the magazine.
Six months after receiving the devastating diagnosis, she leaves behind three children, two boys aged 22 and 24, and a daughter aged 19.
The essay was structured as a dating profile for Jason, Rosenthal's husband of 26 years. 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", she wrote.
"I didn't know exactly what she was composing".
Amy Krouse Rosenthal and her husband Jason, whom she wrote about in the New York Times' "Modern Love" column.
The most heartrending part is at the end, however, when Amy gives her blessing for Jason to move on and find love with someone else. At the time, I didn't pay attention to who wrote it.if I had, I would've realized that one of my favorite authors was facing her final days.
"First, the basics: He is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and hazel eyes", Rosenthal continued before offering a list of her husband's attributes.
Amy made short films and videos, staged public events, hosted radio shows, wrote more than 30 books. "It is Amy's gift with words that has drawn the universe in". At the end of the video, she welcomed fans to join her at Chicago's Millennium Park, on August 8, 2008, at 8:08 p.m. Kiss my mother?. How many more times will I hold my purse up to my ear to see if it's my cell phone that's ringing....
While the essay made readers' hearts ache in empathy, no one was more touched than Jason himself. "I don't think she could help herself in terms of getting work done".