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Hi! My name is Connie. I love to write short stories, poems, novel drafts, blurbs, pretty much anything (even research papers). I've written my first novel titled "Me & Eryn Carlo" and editing is in the works! While the book is being groomed and tweaked I hope you enjoy the short stories I've posted here on My Writer's Block. Some are fun - some are quirky - some are just plain strange. Constructive criticism is highly valued. Thanks for stopping by. Your views mean so much to me!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

About Mitch Albom's "For One More Day" ...

Trying something different today. :)

I recently read "For One More Day" by Mitch Albom. I have to say I was impressed with Albom's writing skills and storytelling abilities.

Normally I'm not the book review type but I wanted to write about this book in particular because it really touched my heart.

My synopsis of the book:

"For One More Day" delves into a mother and son's relationship. Charley "Chick" Benetto was a young boy when his father spoke words he would never forget: "You can be a mama's boy or you can be a daddy's boy, but you can't be both."  Chick always received what he needed and wanted from his mother who was all too happy to love. But Chick was eager to win his father's approval, love, and praise which was not easy to obtain. Chick does everything he can for his father. He swiftly became the daddy's boy. 

When Chick is 11 his father leaves the family. He is embarrassed to have divorced parents - which was definitely not the norm in those days.

Chick struggles - he struggles with his mother because he doesn't understand what she has gone through to raise Chick and his sister. Years later, Chick is a man that has given up. His being is shattered into pieces and he cannot get passed the alcohol and regret following his mother's death. His life crumbles - it's broken.

In the midst of trying to kill himself Chick miraculously sees his mother - he is gifted with one more day to spend with his mother. One day to learn about her and what she endured after Chick's father left. Chick remembers times he did not stand up for his mother and he recognizes that she stood up for him multiple times over.

With this one precious, God-given day will Chick be able to forgive himself? Piece his life back together?

(An additional synopsis and reviews can also be found on Amazon: Mitch Albom's "For One More Day")

While reading "For One More Day" I surfed through a tumultuous wave of emotions.

It was a quick read but the many sensations Albom integrates into his words are heavy and permeating.

I felt wistful. Depressed. Angry. Hurt. Sad. Lonely. Faithless. I experienced, through Chick Benetto, what its like to simply give up on your life - to give up on you - to let regret take over your body and soul. On the other end of the spectrum, I also felt grateful. Lucky. Empathetic. Glad.

I think what disturbed me the most was how real the story felt. I wonder how many people suffer similar situations. 

In the end, after crying too many times to count, I loved this piece from Albom. It reminded me how precious loved ones are. It shook me by the shoulders and yelled that time will not always be on my side.

Don't waste what you have. Don't waste the present which in itself is a gift. And be sure to mind your words, specifically the cruel ones. You may not know how your words will effect when you speak them but the person who receives their sharpness will feel it all the way through. 

Lastly, I learned from Chick and his mother's story that you should never assume that you truly know what a person has gone through or what sacrifices they have made.

My favorite quotes from the book and their corresponding page numbers are as follows:

  • "One day can bend your life..." (Pg 4)
  • "What is it about childhood that never lets you go, even when you're so wrecked it's hard to believe you ever were a child." (Pg 16)
  • "She had a bottomless well of love for me. Her only flaw was that she didn't make me work for it." (Pg 33)
  • "I don't know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it's something that anyone can make - but it carries a certain taste of memory." (Pg 60)
  • "A child embarrassed by his mother - is just a child who hasn't lived long enough." (Pg 90)
  • "And I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know." (Pg 174)
  • "Sticking with your family is what makes it a family." (Pg 183)
  • "You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute." (Pg 193)
  • "One day spent with someone you love can change everything." (Pg 197)

If you read or have read "For One More Day" I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Thanks for reading.

Much love!

7 comments:

  1. Hi Connie,

    I have not read the book but after your post I will check it out.
    I have become a follower here also, check my blog out and I would love your views on my first chapter..
    http://thewrongplaceatthewrongtime.blogspot.com

    Also your photo is stunning.....

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  2. Hello Dave! Thanks for stopping by. I was just snooping through your blog as well :) This book was good - and heartbreaking - but I think it really opens up your eyes with family and life. See you around! :)

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  3. loved all the quotes :)))))))))))

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  4. Beautiful work, Connie!
    I'm inclined to check out Mitch's work. Thanks!

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  5. I read it today and it's very beautiful. The quotes you shared through your blog are really beautiful. I am adding few more that I also liked.

    "There were times I wished she would leave me alone. But then she did. She died. No more visits, no more phone calls. And without even realizing it, I began to drift, as if my roots had been pulled, as if I were floating down some side branch of a river. Mothers support certain illusions about their children, and one of my illusions was that I liked who I was, because she did. When she passed away, so did that idea. The truth is, I didn't like who I was at all."


    "When I lacked even the self-respect to keep myself alive, she dabbed my cuts and I fell back into being a son; I fell as easily as you fall into your pillow at night. And I didn’t want it to end. That’s the best way I can explain it. I knew it was impossible. But I didn’t want it to end."


    “But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin. So this was my mother's story. And mine. I would like to make things right again with those I love.”

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    1. Thank you for the comment! Very beautiful indeed. So much to learn from the story.

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