An Ode to Mitch Albom

When I was in my last years of elementary school I never knew that a book I was reading, and its author, would stay with me over a decade later.

That book? Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

You think that The Fault in Our Stars (sorry John Green) is a tearjerker? Try reading a true story about a writer watching his mentor slowly die from ALS. Yes, that ALS, the one that inspired last summer’s Ice Bucket Challenge.

The wisdom imparted by the late Morrie Schwartz is so moving that it’s hard to believe such a wise man walked upon this earth. Mitch Albom’s heartbreaking recollection of his mentor epitomizes the impact one person can have on the life of another.

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. Let it come in. We think we don’t deserve love, we if we let it in we’ll become too soft. But a wise man named Levin said it right. He said, “Love is the only rational act.””

Born in New Jersey, Albom is now true a fixture in the underdog city of Detroit, Michigan. After relocating to Detroit as the lead sports writer in 1985, his sports and weekly human-interest pieces in the Detroit Free Press have impacted numerous people in the struggling city and its surrounding areas.

As an avid reader to begin with, I began to read his weekly pieces in the Free Press after having the transformative experience of Tuesdays with Morrie.

They say that writers can speak to the souls of their readers. I didn’t believe it until I read Mitch Albom. So, from the bottom of this bookworms heart, thank you for your writing Mr. Albom. I truly believe that you will go down in history as one of the most prolific writers of your time.

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