Tuesdays with Morrie
by Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom reunites with his college professor, Morrie Schwartz, during the last few months of the teacher’s life
I enjoyed this, and I connected with it emotionally a lot more than I expected to. While I have no experience with ALS, I’ve known a number of people like Morrie, and I’ve had to deal with losing those people. People who value relationships and kindness over material wealth and traditionally successful careers. People who do their best to stay positive in difficult times. People who want others to feel loved and supported.
Mitch starts off putting his work before everything else, then, throughout the book, he learns Morries values and, eventually, how to say goodbye. I think he’s fortunate that he got the chance to reconnect with his old professor and learn the lessons directly from him. Loss is difficult, whether it’s sudden or you see it coming.
I don’t know how impactful this story would be for someone who hasn’t experienced that kind of loss, or seen ALS first hand. It’s short, simple, and probably a bit cheesy, but, for me, it really hit home.