In their first Tuesday meeting, Morrie must use the toilet and must ask the nurse who assists him for help with this. This prompts a conversation about Morrie's declining physical abilities -- the result of the ALS disease with which he struggles.
Morrie tells Mitch what he shared with Ted Koppel (in an interview) --that he realizes that there will come a day when someone will have to "wipe his a**." While this could be incredibly demeaning, Morrie tells Mitch that he is trying to embrace the assistance that others are offering him and to take it with a baby-like innocence. He has always been good at giving love and is trying to strengthen his ability to receive it openly. As Morrie states, "Love is the only rational act."