Of Chances We Miss and
a Mother’s Undying Love
(A Book Review of Mitch Albom’s For One More Day)
Charley “Chick” Benetto is ready to give up everything up after hitting rock bottom in his life and decides to commit suicide. On the day he sets out to jump off a water tower and fail at the attempt, he goes home and finds his deceased mom waiting for him. He spends time with her, treating her in a way he never did when she was alive, only to learn that she is going to stay with him for just a day.
For One More Day by Mitch Albom is a story I believe all of us can relate to at one point or another in our lives. What would you do if you had that one more day to spend with that special someone or a special friend, had one more day to tell them how you felt, had one more day to forget how busy you were for them or how angry you were at them? The knee-jerk reaction I got after finishing the book is to hug my mom and give my heart-felt “thanks” to my dad. In short, precise and touching prose Albom explored the hardships of parenting and marriage and the possibility of afterlife; of how a mother (or father) impacts the lives of their children and that, sadly sometimes, our parents are one of the most taken-for-granted peoples in our life. As the story goes, we learn more about Charley’s guilt and regrets (as we too learn of our own), of all the times his Mom stood up for him and the times he let her down. Through it all, we see how pure and truly unconditional and powerful a mother’s love is, even transcending death itself.
Sometimes, all it takes is the chance to see how the other side feels, to reach out and to understand that things aren’t always what they seem. Life is not to be taken for granted, but we must live our lives as best we can, through the endeavors and all.
Spend each day with your loved one, as if it were your last. You never know when it will be time to say good-bye.
Published by Hyperion
(Trade Paperback First Edition, September 2006)
Started: July 2, 2010
Finished: July 3, 2010