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The mother in "for one more day" is like that with her son; she loves her son and is very involved with his upbringing. The son is rebellious to the mother's gentle guidance and strives to win the approval of his emotionally distant father. Mitch Albom has such an ear for the every day dialog that occurs in a family's home. The mother is steadfastly devoted to her son, even as he openly prefers his father's "manly" style.
This is the third book I've read by Mitch, and a constant thread in these 3 books is that someone cares and makes it known to the recipients with a combination of deeds and words. Also, often, the caring is not immediately recognized or appreciated. However, over time, the care receiver sees the care shining through and feels blessed by it.
After reading this book, I spent a lot of time thinking about my mother and what I would say and do if I could spend just one more day with her. I would ask her what she liked about how I turned out, how she liked my 3 adult children, and how she liked the way I renovated her old house before I sold it 6 years ago.
For those of you who lost a beloved parent, give this book a try.. Then spend some time thinking about having that parent with you for a day, just the two of you. Mitch Albom inspires you to think about your life from a different perspective. Who in your life loved you and gave their all on your behalf? Reading this book will make you a little sad, but eventually, you'll smile more whenever you think about that special parent.
Just in a new setting with different characters and this story in one form or another has been put into movie form at least a dozen times over the last 50 years. The very first I remember watching as a youth was "The Ghost and Mr. Muir" the latest "The Edge of Darkness" with Mel Gibson and one of the great ones was "Ghost".
In them the characters usually rehash their triumphs and victories - but more often than not they relive their worthless or miserably troubled lives and the pain that has plagued them for most of it.
And as in that great movie "The 13th Warrior" the main character comes to realize the inevitable truth just - like the Arab did - that when in the face of his eminent demise he knelt and said this prayer:
1. For all the thing I should have thought - but did not think
2. For all the things I should have said - and did not say
3. For all the things I should have done - but did not do"
"I am truly sorry."
Charley seems to be living this admonition for his own life out "in spades" in this tale and it will result in him giving in to death or finding some reason for his life to go on. The premise is always the same "Self-Examination". Are there errors or inconsistencies or not quite congruent facts or assertions in this tale of woe and spiritual condemnation and ultimate healing and forgiveness; absolutely?
Does it answer every question...hardly? Does it however, give you pause to think and ask yourself questions about your life and the path you are on" - without any doubt - yes! Do you see yourself in some small way in all of these failings in Mitch Albom's books on a few of these important life altering or family issues from your youth to your present? Sure you do. If not you would not be human.
If you put all three of his books together and read them as a mere Trilogy Assignment on critical thinking and contemplation;
1) The Five People You Meet in Heaven
2) Tuesdays With Morrie, and
3) For One More Day
I believe you would have an experience that would change, alter, adjust, motivate or at the very least emotionally move you in your life in some way.
This current retelling of a most interesting tale of communing with the dead is in the reminiscent way of Edgar Allen Poe or some awesome gripping tale from William Shakespeare. It begins and holds you but catches you with just a little bit of sleight-of-hand or misdirection - because for about a third of the book you are left with a nagging question - in the back of your mind - "How the heck does the Water Tower play" in all this? Especially in the way it was presented. One has to read deeper beneath the surface (or between the lines) until you get about half way through the story. You are snapped into understanding by a mere phone call and then say Hmmm - I get it now. Then you can enjoy the rest of the tale.
All three of these books by Mr. Albom have similar themes. There was an issue in someone's life, I am not content, I am going to give up or kill myself or I am going to or I have already died and now I want answers, redemption, help, peace-of-mind or salvation for myself as I am drowning in miserable self-pity. Please help me with some simple type of release to explore the rest of my life or those heavenly worlds beyond without guilt.
In digesting Mr Albom's books I find them all wonderfully entertaining. They provoke thought within the reader - unless of course you are one of those terrible crazed leftist/progressive fanatics who hate anything and anyone who even remotely mentions God, Religion, Faith, Country or spirituality, the Divine etc - and Oh - let's not forget `guns'.
Which for the rest of us simply means - we believe in something greater than ourselves and mere mortal man that can give us sane concrete laws and rules and guidance. Some mighty giving entity to base true liberty and freedom upon that their twisted political over-lords cannot manipulate through partisan political edicts, corruption in the educational system or special interest propaganda and a corrupt and failed judicial system based solely on 'The Mob Mentality' and political influences, tied to the insanity of racial, financial and prejudiced political correctness covered by an entertainment industry that pushes hedonistic and deviant hypocrisy and immoral ideals upon our minds and our children characters.
All sprinkled with an "in the pocket (so-called news) industry" that does and says and supports or defends whatever the intellectually challenged minions of the Socialist Left tell them to do, or say or think or report and thus you have as a result the two star and one star rating justifications you see here.
In short normal people want to live and be in a world with rules, guidelines, standards-of-conduct based on truth and performance and the mystic of spirituality that actually knows and sees good and evil for what they really are meant to be and "WE" clearly choose self-discipline and hard work and sacrifice over "Free Stuff" - "Handouts" - and "Social Program" dependency like sheep or hatchery trout waiting to be fed pellets. Angelic creatures/possibilities that hold or demonstrate a higher power and such - scare and infuriate - those naysayers who are Godless on the left.
But for us normal people stuff like this is a treat. We neither take it as gospel nor as true reality - but neither do we dismiss the possibility that something of supernatural origin of this nature could and might happen in a person's life.
This story...by the way...no, I do not believe it completely...even if possible isn't founded in concrete facts. But, did this person experience something like this? Hey, the mind is a marvelous computerized biological machine of the most magnificent degree - in all of God's Creations; and it is the ultimate entertainment contraption; the heart can make you see beauty where none exist and the soul can make you actually believe what you are dreaming - is absolutely real.
I would like to someday get away from every tale of woe and misery and sacrifice and redemption being about mothers and women - although they deserve their - just do. But I would like to find an author who can put to pen the sacrifices of men and fathers who experience more - pain and suffering at the hands of flighty, free spirited, abusive and abandoning women - now than in the past - many of them experience the same trials and tribulations that Charley's mother is reported to have endured but just in reverse.
My father was one such individual - abandoned by my mother on a whim and "The Grass is Greener" thought process - which is is not! Many other men experience the same abuse (for men abuse with force - while women abuse with words and indifference and abandonment and character assassination) as the main character's mother in this book did. More and more so - however - as it becomes a "Woman's World" in this new Millennium. Men become just as victimized as women.
But I congratulate Mitch on a very nice touching story - real or not - is not important. It made me think - as do most of his other books - I relived a life where my mother did what Charley's father did. It made me ask how would I react in a similar situation as a father and who would these players on this stage of wonder - be in my life - and adventure?
That is all that matters for a good story to grab you and take you and your imagination away. I recommend all three books.
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