Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

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Chapter 9 Summary

In “The Second Tuesday: We Talk About Feeling Sorry for Yourself,” Morrie explains how he deals with the daily reminder that he is dying. The ALS is accelerating, and Albom reminds himself that he only has a little time left with his mentor. Now Morrie no longer sits in the dining room. Instead, he spends most of his time in a recliner in his study. When he needs to use the washroom, he rings a bell to summon one of his four nurses. Albom lifts his professor from the wheelchair into the recliner and notices that Morrie is no longer able to even hold onto the person helping him. Albom wonders how Morrie can deal with such difficulties. The professor explains that the morning is his time of mourning. He feels for parts of his body that are no longer under his control and allows himself to feel sorry. He explains that he lets himself cry if he needs to, but otherwise he goes on with his day. He feels lucky to be able to have so much time to die and to say goodbye to his loved ones.

Albom considers his own life. His newspaper union in Detroit is still on strike and the conflict between the workers and the owners is turning ugly. In Boston, newspapers are reporting stories about girls who murder seniors and then throw parties with the corpse on display. Everywhere he looks, Albom finds misery and people who feel sorry for themselves. He wonders what the world would be like if people only allowed themselves to feel self-pity for a set amount of time each day. However, when he is with Morrie, he finds life refreshing, as though he is shedding all the...

(The entire section is 433 words.)