By: Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom- student and friend of Morrie
Morrie Schwartz- college professor, mentor
Have you ever had someone older, patient and wise who understood you when you were young and searching. Maybe it was a grandparent, a teacher, or a colleague. They helped you see the world as a more profound place and gave you advice to help you make your way through it. Very rarely may you meet a person like that person, but once you do they touch your life forever.
For Mitch Albom this person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from almost twenty years ago.
Morrie not only taught Mitch, but inspired him. Losing touch with Morrie was one of Alboms biggest regrets. Once he had lost track of Morrie the insights faded and his world just seemed a little bit colder. Luckily enough he got his second chance to see Morrie, ask the questions he had always wanted to, and receive the advice in his busy life that he had once grown to love . He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older mans life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited Mitch every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college.
Every day was a lesson. The class met on Tuesdays. It began after breakfast and was taught from experience. The topic was The Meaning of Life. No grades were given. No books were required.
Yet you were expected to respond to questions and pose questions of your own. The topics went from love, work, family, and aging to forgiveness, community, and death. It was almost like the alphabet, A to Z . Broad yet specific to each and every topic. The graduation was replaced by a funeral. No final exam was given.
Only one long paper was expected. A paper that explained everything. One based both on simplicity and profundity. One that touched based with lifes greatest lesson. That paper is this book. .