Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tuesdays with Morrie

This is an okay book written by Mitch Albom. Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher. Someone older who understood you when you were young and searching, who helped you see the world as a more profound place, and gave you advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance.

This is a sad book, but it has an important message about reaching out to people, especially your friends and family. The author mentions several times his reluctance to cry and his teacher's insistence that doing so was acceptable. I’ll admit that I cried a few times during this book. The story was adapted into a TV movie, which aired on December 5, 1999 on ABC and starred Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria. Morrie Schwartz died on November 4, 1995, six-and-a-half weeks before his 79th birthday.

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