We Wish You More Community Event
- By: Candace McKibben
The Tallahassee area has a rare opportunity to connect with a powerful love story that has touched the world. Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a remarkable daughter, wife, mother, and children’s book author whose positive spirit and encouragement of others endeared her to all she met. When she was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer, she found a way to continue encouraging others and to prepare her beloved family for the day she would no longer be physically present with them.
She was intentional about an Instagram project she started after her diagnosis to post at 1:23 each day an encouraging thought. When she realized this was taking too much of her energy she turned to writing a book with her daughter, Paris, setting her on a path in life that she finds meaningful. In her grief, Paris picked up that Instagram project her mother started and completed it with her own particular flair. It was a way for Paris to work through her grief.
A most notable way in which Amy prepared her family was in the permission she granted to her husband to find happiness in his life going forward. Between micro-naps on the couch she wrote an article that was published in the New York Times Modern Love Section on Valentine’s Day 2017, three days before her death. She didn’t know that her words were so powerful they struck a chord with thousands around the world. Titled, “You May Want to Marry My Husband” it was filled with, as her husband describes, “unbearable sadness, ironic humor and total honesty.”
Jason Rosenthal comes to Tallahassee to share what this generous gift by his wife of encouraging him to live his life has meant to him. He says that her edict to fill his own empty space with a new story has given him permission to make the most out of his remaining time on this planet. And he is doing just that. He started the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation with two primary goals related to important matters in Amy’s life – literacy and ovarian cancer research. He is speaking in communities like ours about the importance of “talking with your mate, your children, and other loved ones about what you want for them when you are gone. Doing this gives them liberty to live a full life and eventually find meaning again,” says Rosenthal.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote over thirty books in her 51 years. We have twenty-nine of them in our public library so she must have a following here. One of them is titled – I Wish You More. According to Amy, “more” was her first word spoken. And she used it in her essay that went viral. She wanted more. But when she realized more was not in her future, she prescribed that those she love follow plan “Be” which was about being present in life because time is precious.
Jason will be speaking at the Goodwood Carriage House on Tuesday, April 30 at 6:00 – 7:30PM at an event we are calling, We Wish You More. Big Bend Hospice and the Community Advance Care Planning Encouragement Task Force are offering this event for free to honor National Healthcare Decisions Day. Midtown Reader, accepting cash, checks and cards, will be selling Jason’s recently released book, Dear Boy, which he will autograph, along with some of Amy’s popular titles. 1.5 CEUs are offered along with light refreshments. The Five Wishes living will document will be available to all. This promises to be an uplifting evening.
Please contact Candace McKibben at 671-6029 for more information.