Blog 1015 – 06.06.2018
A Tribute To Mitch Albom
Some years ago, my dear and soon six years departed daughter, Emily Elaine White, turned me on to a book just out at that time by author Mitch Albom. The title of the book was, Tuesdays With Morrie, and it was a story about a young man who decided to spend Tuesday’s with his grandpa. He, in the beginning thought it just a kindness to an old and dying man but later came to realize that he had given himself a priceless gift, the opportunity to ask questions that no one else could answer and that had he not spent a couple of years of Tuesdays with Morrie he might never have had the chance to think of nor to ask them before his grandpa was gone.
Mitch Albom books are not just well written and touching, they teach us and remind us of important stuff we already know deep down inside. They show us and stir us to our true purpose here, and that is to love. Acquiring wealth, comfort, prestige, these all pale if we fail to get our most important job done and done right.
The second book I read by Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, was also made into a movie starring Jon Voight. It, too, is a very heart enlarging book.
Just a few weeks ago I finished reading my third Mitch Albom book (I am purposely writing out his whole name and often in this short piece because I want you to remember this name and buy any book you see it attached to.) The name of the third book is, The Magic Strings Of Frankie Pesto.
When I first read inside the dust jacket of the book where it said that this book was like a musical version of Forest Gump, well I just had to buy it. I would probably have bought it on the basis of the reading pleasure I derived from the first two books I read by Mitch Albom but since I think the movie, Forest Gump, is one of the best ever and also let me say here that if you have not read the book, Forest Gump, by Winston Groom, or it’s sequel, Gump & Company, that you know even less than half of Forest’s story and the part that you do not know is an even wilder ride than that you do. Spoiler alert: Forest was also an astronaut and a whole lot more.
Mitch Albom’s Frankie Pesto is every bit the full character that Forest Gump is and will also touch your heart in many of the same ways. His is also the journey of a “baby boomer” through the times and tunes of our lives.
Even those from younger generations might enjoy the book too as it will give them great insight into the life and times of their parents or grandparents. If you are fortunate enough to still have even one of them around be sure to follow the lesson that Mitch Albom’s young man learns in Tuesday’s With Morrie. Ask all the questions you will so want to be able to ask when no one is still around that remembers the answers.
Your friend and fellow traveler,