The 24th Annual Book Report Competition For Secondary School Students
Title: Tuesdays with Morrie
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Warner Books
Number of words: 574
The story talks about the relationship between Mitch Albom and Morrie. Morrie was the teacher of Mitch Albom and he was sick. Mitch Albom visited him every Tuesday and had a class because it was the last month of Morrie’s life. Mitch Albom learnt a lot of things from Morrie until Morrie died. The topics of the classes were all about human life such as forgiveness, marriage, family, emotion, regrets, death, money, world and the culture. On the last Tuesday, they said goodbye. Morrie was very weak but he still wanted Mitch Albom to visit him. Morrie was lying on the bed. He held Mitch’s hands and moved them to his heart. He said that it was the way to say ‘good-bye’. After this lesson, Morrie died on Saturday morning. Mitch believed that he died this way on purpose. Finally, Mitch was back to his normal life.
One day, I was busy working on my homework, of which I had already missed the deadline. My mum suddenly wandered into my room. I asked if she needed something, but she told me she just wanted to be there in my room. Later, she asked me not to go to bed so late. Then, she continued staying at my room, looking at the things that I am working. I found her distracting and said, ‘Yes, I know. Can we talk later? I’ve got so much work to do!’ I said in an annoyed manner and then my mum went back to her room quietly. I couldn’t express what Morrie thought was the most important thing of all: Love. My mum was doing all that to show her love for me. She cared about my health, so she told me not to sleep so late; she cared about my school work, so she stayed at my room, waiting, if I had anything about the school work that I didn’t know, she would help me. In fact, at that moment, I knew that she was so disappointed. I should talk to her more gently, but I didn’t. I didn’t respond with love and then I let her go back to her own room. We know that love is a big thing and how important it is in life. We all know that, but we don’t keep it in mind.
“Tuesday with Morrie” talks about more than just love. It talks about things that we come into contact with every day. Some can be seen, some not. Basically, it talks about life, death, and choices. “Once you learn how to die, you know how to live.” Everybody knows that they are going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently. Once we accept that we are going to die, and be prepared for it to happen at any time, we can actually be more involved in our lives while we are still living. If you are prepared for death at any time, and also you are not afraid of talking about death, you will make better decisions and have fewer regrets. You will indeed make your life more satisfactory and meaningful. “Tuesdays with Morrie” is the final thesis of Morrie Schwartz, with the assistance of Mitch Albom. This book talks a lot about life, but it is unfinished. Life is a long process and so is learning to love. Reading this book is a good way to start thinking about love.