For One More Day is the story of a mother and son, and about a relationship that lasts a lifetime. For One More Day explores the following question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a loved one?
Amy over at LifeZemplified suggested I pick up some of Mitch Albom’s books, one of which being For One More Day. As of late, I’ve been reading a lot of business and entrepreneurship books. Reading For One More Day was a fantastic change up and as I will discuss further in this post, a lasting impression on me.
Summary of For One More Day
At the beginning of For One More Day, we meet Charley “Chick” Benetto: a former baseball player turned salesman and an alcoholic shunned by his wife and daughter. Chick is tormented by his past decisions surrounding his early adulthood and his relationship with his mother and father.
When Chick was about 5 years old, his father told him, “You can be a momma’s boy or a daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.” Chick decided to be a daddy’s boy, and this decision turned out to be the wrong one.
His father and mother become divorced when he was about 10 years old. Through the rest of his child hood, his mother protects him and looks to steer him down the right path. For One More Day is the story of the missed opportunities Chick had during his youth, and the consequences of not being there for loved ones.
Chick Tries to “End it where it started”
Back to the present day, Chick is fed up with work and finds out his own daughter didn’t invite him to her wedding. Upset and sad, Chick decides there is no point of living anymore and will drive to his hometown to “end it where it started.”
Chick gets drunk and hops in his car. He is almost to his hometown and misses the exit. It is late at night, and frankly, Chick doesn’t care about his life. He does a 180 and starts driving the wrong way – right into a semi-truck. Chick is ejected from his vehicle, he hits the wet grass and goes unconscious. At this moment, he starts his last day with his mother (who passed away 8 years ago).
A Last Day with Mom
When Chick becomes unconscious, his thoughts take him to his childhood house – he sees his mother. His mother cooks him up some breakfast and is cheerful as ever. “Posey” Benetto is a social magnet, a darling, and always looking to help out. She grinded in her younger days to make ends meet and was loved by many. It is sad in Chick’s case that when someone is given the world, they might not realize how good they have it until it’s gone.
Throughout the rest of For One Last Day, we learn about Chick’s childhood, his relationship with his mother and father, and the actions he took in adulthood which lead him down a rough path. His mom takes him along with her visiting other dying people. She says she is still alive through other people’s memories – people never quite leave us if we remember them!
Chick becomes remorseful and decides to change his ways. At the end of the book, he wakes up in the arms of a police officer and swears off drinking. He gets back in touch with his daughter and wife, and becomes a great contributor to society.
Takeaways and Action Steps
Last weekend, it was Easter and I was with my sisters, parents, grandparents, and my 93-year old great-grandpa. I love my family – they are fun loving, nice, and supportive of my life. We went to church, did an indoor and outdoor Easter egg hunt, ate lunch, and played badminton and basketball outside throughout the day.
The one thing that sticks in my mind is saying good bye to my great-grandpa. I hugged him good bye and he grabbed my hand. I could see the sadness in his eyes, almost to say to me, “I wish I was your age again, please take me with you.” Being 93, it’s unfortunate, but his days are numbered.
After reading For One More Day and interacting with my great-grandpa, I’m going to try to not waste days doing things I don’t want to do. It’s easy to say things like, “Life is short, don’t waste any of your days”. My question is, “How many people actually implement this thought?
With loved ones, I’m setting aside time and looking to make an effort to hang out and spend time with them. Recently, I bought my second property in an effort to speed up my pursuit of financial freedom. I will be a great spot in 5-10 years to give my time and make an impact of the lives of many.
Finally, I’m looking to be more grateful for the people, experiences, and things I have in my life. Each morning, I wake up and think of 3 things I’m thankful for. This simple and quick exercise sets the tone for the day. Try it out!
I recommend For One More Day to everyone. Mitch Albom turns a story of a broken man trying to commit suicide into a beautiful tale examining the mother-son relationship.
Mitch Albom is a fantastic storyteller and writer. For One More Day has influenced my thoughts and actions to not waste time on Earth and to work on cultivating the relationships with people who bring me the most joy. Family is #1 – your parents, grandparents, kids, and siblings are some of the only people who will be with you throughout your entire life.
Thank you again Amy for the suggestion.
What would you do if you had one more day with a lost loved one?
Thanks for reading my book review 🙂