Where do Mitch and Morrie first meet in Tuesdays With Morrie?
In the book, Mitch reveals that he first met Morrie during his freshman year at Brandeis University in the spring of 1976.
Mitch remembers that he was younger than most of his peers, as he graduated high school a year early. Although Morrie was older than the rest of his professors, Mitch was drawn to the older man.
To start, Morrie was the first professor who asked Mitch how he wanted to be addressed. While checking off the attendance list during the first class, Morrie asked Mitch whether he preferred being called "Mitch" or "Mitchell."
After Mitch answered, Morrie expressed his hope that the younger man would one day come to think of him as a friend. That was an eventful comment from Morrie.
As time progressed, Morrie became a mentor and father figure to Mitch. The older man could see through Mitch's bravado and still accepted him without any preconditions. For his part, Mitch affected a tough exterior to hide his insecurities. Privately, he found Morrie a comforting presence.
Whenever possible, Mitch ate with Morrie in the cafeteria. He was delighted in the fact that, like him, Morrie was a sloppy eater. The older man's unassuming ways disarmed Mitch, and he began to call his professor "Coach."
Mitch relates that he always felt inclined to do two things whenever he was around Morrie: to hug him or to offer him a napkin.