Mitch Albom's For One More Day
"For One More Day is a story about forgiveness, it's about redemption, and ultimately love between a mother and her son," Oprah says. "When I read the book, I was so moved by its message, I decided to make it a special Oprah Winfrey Presents television movie."
Mitch began thinking about what he would say to his mom if he knew that they only had one more day together. "I was depressed over something that hadn't happened yet and I realized, wow, if you feel that strongly about it now, maybe this should be what you're writing. And I literally stopped that other book on whatever page it was on and began For One More Day that day."
The book became a tribute to his mother and Mitch is thankful she was able to read it. "I wrote Tuesdays with Morrie, but [Morrie] never read a word of it. I wrote The Five People You Meet In Heaven, but my Uncle Eddie never read a word of it," Mitch says. "I really wanted to hand this to my mother while she was still here and say, 'Here, this is something you should read.'"
The life lessons Mitch has learned from his mother are also sprinkled throughout, including the pivotal moment when Mitch's mother influenced him to become a writer. In a scene taken straight from Mitch's real life, a librarian tells Chick that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is too difficult for him. His furious mother storms into library to confront the librarian. "Never tell a child that something is too hard for them," she says.
Mitch says his mother ended up getting the book for him. "We went home and I remember when I sat and tried to read it, the truth was, it was really hard," he says. "But because reading was obviously so important to her, I finished the book because I felt I owed it to her. And I always say that scene and that moment in my life was the day I became a writer, because you first become a writer by learning to love reading."
Mitch also says a missed apology seems to be a universal regret. "You always think you're going to have more time to fix it. You always say 'I'll go see my mother next Christmas' or 'I'll go visit the family next summer.' [Then] you get that phone call—'Come to the hospital.'—and all of a sudden those chances you thought you were going to have, you don't have."
Mitch says he thinks it is the everyday moments people miss the most. He begins For One More Day as an ordinary day—a mother cooking breakfast for her son. "Because those are the moments that everybody sort of really does want back, if you've got another day back with somebody," he says.