She wrote an essay for the NYT Modern Love column called You May Want To Marry My Husband.
When a friend of mine posted a link to this essay yesterday, I knew from the title, I did not want to read it.
And I knew I would end up reading it eventually.
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I survived. And I recommend it. I thought I would be bawling, but the essay is so well written, I couldn’t have stopped reading if I’d tried. The woman is a damn good writer.
So, I checked out some of her books, and at some point in my AKR deep-dive, I realized that we are kindred spirits, whose paths had somehow never crossed. Until now.
So I dug into her TED talks.
2010 Ted Talk: 7 Notes On Life
2011 Ted Talk: The Crevices Of Life
2012 Ted Talk: Wandering
How do you honor a writer you never knew about until she was about to leave earth?
It’s a tough question to answer.
To Amy, I would simply say: You did the bravest thing a woman and mother can do — you lived out loud. You followed your instincts and your reverie. You followed the dance of your creative spark. You were indelibly yourself. I am so inspired by your example. Thank you.
To her family, I would say: I am so sorry you have to go through this. It’s clear that Amy is a really incredible person unlike any other. You seem very fortunate to have known her.
To the rest of us, her friends, her fans, and folks like me, who just learned about her, I would say: Why not buy one of her books as a testimony to a life so creatively lived? She is such a great example and I think she could inspire just about anyone.
I checked out her memoirs, and I am buying both of them because the voice is so fresh that I have to own them.
But you might like her children’s books, especially if you have young children.
I can’t think of any better way to honor this amazing outpouring of soul into the world except by inviting you to partake in what she has created and shared.
So here’s a link to her works on Amazon. Have fun perusing them. I know I did.
If Amy Krouse Rosenthal is new to you, and delights you as much as she affected me in the 24 hours I have known of her, then I hope you will share what you have learned about her with others.
If you don’t have time to write up something personal, feel free to share my post or the link to her Amazon page.
I feel like Amy Krouse Rosenthal is an important person for my friends to hear about. I hope her example inspires you to become more you.
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