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.”Excerpt from:
For One More Day
by Mitch Albom
Synopsis from Mitch Albom Site:
For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?
As a child, Charley “Chick” Benetto was told by his father, “You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.” So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.
Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.
In certain circumstances, reading a book causes you to reflect about the characters in the novel as well as your own life. That’s how I felt about Mitch Albom’s book. Have you ever wished for another day with someone you care about? A day when you could speak whatever you needed to say and make up for any past wrongdoing?
After losing everything that had any meaning in his life, Charley Benetto is at his lowest point. He comes to the conclusion that ordinary life is not worthy of experiencing. He then receives the benefit of spending another day with his mother, who has been deceased for eight years. This book is about connections, and it focuses on relationships between parents and children. I thoroughly like the narrative on the choices made across a lifetime. They began to reflect on their own lives and how easily loved ones might be overlooked by children and even adults, leading to unintentional harm. An elegant and captivating read.
Before I add anything further, let me mention that this book is written with everyone in mind. Any young person may connect to it, regardless of their age, because we have all experienced similar experiences with our mothers. This is a story about every mother and her child.
This novel literally gave me goosebumps. It’s both surprising and lovely. Sincere and passionate. These plain, real, brilliantly crafted phrases made a particularly major influence on me, rather than any problematic expression or beautiful lines. I can’t put it into words. My eyes were filled with tears. I really suggest it to everyone, even those who aren’t big readers, because we may gain a lot from it.