Christine of Finding Myself commented on this book in her blog yesterday. I'm been reading this book in the book club at the nursing home that I work at. After the first few chapters, I was concerned about the content being to close to home. Talking about death is usually not done in a nursing home even if someone in the nursing homes dies, they are usually not talked about or mentioned much as to not upset the other residents. I have been surprised about the book and will have many memories of the discussions that it brought about. During one chapter, Morrie talks about what animal he would like to be. I really can't remember what he chose, but the discussion that followed was very memorable. We discussed about the craziest animals and what would be good or bad about being them. I decided I would be a Turtle: with a tough outer shell, but a soft side as well. Not to mention, they usually have a long life and take everything in "stride" so to speak. One resident's response will stick with me forever. Out of no where, Margaret King shouted, "I'd like to be an elephant!" When asked why, she said because they're smart, big, strong and like to eat! I have to say, I definitely agree with her responses. The next day after our book club, Margaret was gone. Passed away in her sleep! Makes me wonder if she's hanging out with the elephants somewhere now.
Lots of important issues are discussed in the book and it definitely gets you thinking about exactly what we take for granted and if losing weight is actually THAT important. It's family, friends, relationships that are focused on in the book. Cherish the moments you have, and take care of yourself so that you can have many more moments to come!