Make every day Mother’s Day
Mitch Albom delivers yet again with his book “For One More Day.”
The book was published in 2006, but it’s great for reading any time. Albom follows his classic storyline, in which the main character takes something for granted — whether it be his life, the people around him or the way he has influenced others — but undergoes a life-changing experience allowing him to think differently.
While the book as a whole is slightly depressing, he offers hope and uses someone’s ordinary life to remind readers of something important that is taken for granted on a daily basis.
“For One More Day” follows Charley “Chick” Benetto, a former baseball superstar who slips into a deep depression and becomes an alcoholic. After discovering that his only daughter has just married without letting him know, he becomes enraged and decides to go on a drinking binge and commit suicide.
After consuming large amounts of alcohol, he decides to drive to his hometown of Pepperville Beach. On his way, he misses the exit, turns on the on-ramp and hits a car. Miraculously, he survives and drunkenly climbs the water tower. After a moment of consideration, Chick jumps.
When he opens his eyes, he hears his dead mother. After a while, he is fully cognizant and realizes that his mother, who died years before, has returned to him.
Chick blames himself for her death. Throughout the novel, he makes references to not being there for her and has a list of instances in which he did not stand strong for his mother and times she did for him.
In the typical Albom fashion, the chapters are short and jump from past to present. The chapters referring to the past describe Chick’s childhood with his loving mother and distant father, the latter obsessed with Chick playing baseball. While his father forced baseball’s importance on Chick, his mother enforced education on her son.
After Chick’s mother makes breakfast for him, they spend the day together. Chick is
able to discover many things about her that he never took the time to discover during her lifetime. Chick’s mother tells him many family secrets during their day together, including why she and Chick’s father divorced when Chick was 11.
Throughout the day, Chick realizes the importance of his mother and how much he took her for granted.
While some of the lines are corny, such as when his mother tells him, “When someone is in your heart, they’re never truly gone. They can come back to you, even at unlikely times,” Albom, without sounding preachy, is able to convey the importance of never taking advantage of a mother’s presence.
Voice intern Sierra Campbell will be a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall.