A Reader posted a review at 2007-08-05 04:37:50.
There are many in this world who would do anything to get just that one chance to make amends for their past misgivings. Yet very few get this golden opportunity while the majority is saddled with that nostalgic remorse and regret.
Mitch Albomâ€™s new edition titled â€œFor one more dayâ€ takes one through a wistful journey which encounters a strange and enigmatic tryst with the ghost of the past. The story unfolds the main character Charley Benetto (Chick) whose life is in ruins. Being unwanted at his own daughterâ€™ wedding was the last straw of having lost everything and he is ready to give up his life. As he takes a midnight ride to his hometown, he encounters his dead mother much to his amazement and everything seemed as normal as ever.
Instances from his life are brought to light with a quick flashback through the book. Being with his mother for that one day makes him realize the lack of time he spent with her and how out of touch he had been with her. Yet she had managed to retain that special place in his heart and the close call was what brought her to him and his encounter with the other world. As this journey nears an end, his surprise knows no bounds as he unravels several loopholes and a shocking truth in the end. He also gets the second chance to convey his unexpressed explanation for a certain act of his, which to his surprise was known to her all long.
This book is intriguing and emphasizes beautifully on a mother-son relationship. It makes one reflective and also makes ones eyes go moist and choke with emotion. The few words quoted in the book as the characterâ€™s father tells him â€œmamaâ€™s boy or daddyâ€™s boy chick? Whatâ€™s it gonna be?â€ As he recalls this statement in the end, he is made to realize by his mother that â€œa child should never have to choose.â€
Many may dispute this as being just another ghost story. Yet there are times that we draw parallels and examples from our lost loved ones that make it seem as though they were never gone. They retain their omnipresence in our memories. There are some individuals to whom we postpone our visits; taking them for granted only to realize that one fine day they are no longer there. And then we grieve at our actions for having said something that had hurt them or not having spent quality time with them when they were alive. This thought continues to haunt us till eternity.
This book teaches one to never take anything or anyone for granted. Lifeâ€™s uncertainty is such that we may never get another chance. So why not take the one life hands out and utilize it to the maximum as the saying goes,â€ If life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.â€ One should ensure this â€˜lemonadeâ€™ remains sweet instead of letting it turn sour.