This weekend we drove to Fingal Bay to watch Gareth captain his Under 10's rugby team against Fingal Bay.
It was great to be able to text Nessa on the morning of her wedding to wish her all my love.
With Byron's nephew were able to text family on the morning to tell them we were thinking of them. We had more texts as everyone waited in the church for the bride to arrive. By the time the bridal group moved on to the hotel we were lucky enough to be able to take full advantage of iPhone's and the hotels wireless broadband as we Face-timed and actually spoke to Byron's parents, sister, brother, nephew, niece and many friends as they waited for the bride and groom to join them for the meal.
As it went past midnight we were huddled on our sofa in pj's and dressing gowns holding glasses of wine to toast everyone. It was a cold night here in Australia and it was so fun to see everyone dressed up and laughing as they clinked champagne glasses in the bright sunshine! Eventually Kerry and Sarah arrived and we were able to speak to them too as everyone took their places for the meal. We watched as the waiter served a meal in front of the iPhone and it felt as though we were seated with everyone else and about to tuck in!
1. Did your opinion about Mitch change as book went on? In what way?
2. Who do you think got more out of their Tuesday meetings, Mitch or Morrie? In what ways? How do you think each would answer this question?
3. Do you think Mitch would have come back to Morrie's house the second time if he hadn't been semi-idled by the newspaper strike?
4. Discuss Morrie's criticisms of Mitch throughout the book. Do you think Morrie should have been tougher on him? Easier?
5. Do you think Mitch would have listened if Morrie hadn't been dying? Does impending death automatically make one's voice able to penetrate where it couldn't before?
Let's Talk About Death
9. On "Nightline," Morrie spoke to Ted Koppel of the pain he still felt about his mother's death seventy years prior to the interview. Is your experience with loss similar or different? Does what you've read in this book help ease any of that pain?
10. Morrie was seventy-eight years old when diagnosed with ALS. How might he have reacted if he'd contracted the disease when he was Mitch's age? Would Morrie have come to the same conclusions? The same peace and acceptance? Or is his experience also a function of his age?
Let's Talk About Meaning
12. Talk about the role of meaningful coincidence, synchronicity, in the book and in Mitch and Morrie's friendship.
13. Morrie told Mitch about the "tension of opposites" (p. 40). Talk about this as a metaphor for the book and for society.
14. Mitch made a list of topics about which he wanted Morrie's insight and clarity. In what ways would your list be the same or different?
15. Discuss the book in terms of structure, voice, and tone, paying attention to Mitch's use of flashbacks and other literary devices. How do his choices add to the meaning?
16. Are college students today missing out because they don't have the meaningful experiences that students in the 1960s had? Do you think Morrie thought they were?
17. Morrie said, "If you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward" (p. 118). Is this true in your experience?
Let's Talk About Religion, Culture, and Ritual
19. As his visits with Morrie continued, Mitch explored some other cultures and religions and how each views death. Discuss these and others that you've studied.
20. To the very end, Mitch arrived at Morrie's house with food. Discuss the importance of this ritual.
Let's Talk About Relationships
22. Mitch wrote, "Perhaps this is one reason I was drawn to Morrie. He let me be where my brother would not" (p. 97). Discuss Mitch's relationship with Peter.
23. Discuss the practical side of Morrie's advice: "Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone" (p. 128). How could this advice be useful the next time you're in a social or other situation where you feel out of place or uncomfortable?
24. Morrie said that in marriage, "Your values must be alike" (p. 149). In what ways do you agree or disagree?
25.Would Morrie's lessons have carried less weight if Mitch and Peter hadn't resumed contact by book's end?
You can see more of Kerrie's photos here...
I hope you felt the warmth today Claire and for many more years to come!
I love the body in card number one. I just wonder where it has disappeared to?! Somehow I think a Google search might show me where it came from because I sure don't ever recall having one similar!!!
I love my bling birdie from Rhiannon
...and Gareth's poem?! Well, it's unique!
Braiding seems to be the latest thing when it comes to teenage hair. Such a simple old fashioned style is now cropping up on pop stars tresses and tv starlets in various forms.
French plaiting is something I used to try and try to do on Sians hair when she was a little girl with limited success. Within a couple of minutes of watching me do one on her sister she turned away and with nimble fingers re-created the style over and over on any of her friends with hair long enough to let her.
Now that she has mastered the basic plait she is you-tubing variations and thinking of more and more adventurous and modern twists to an old fashioned style. I love it!
Apple are responsible for pant wetting laughter in our house this week. Byron downloaded a free app onto his iphone called Face Juggler. It allows you to take a photo and then it takes the main facial features (eyes, nose, mouth) and swaps them with another face in the photo. Sometimes it doesn't do a great job but if the faces are a similar size and are looking in the same direction the results can be hilarious.
In my battle to keep the house clean, the kids happy, my husband nurtured and my parents supported I sometimes feel a little like I forget to have "me time". So in a once-in-five-years fit of madness I walked out of my messy house on a school morning with life-jacket on and paddle in hand and dragged Byron's Kayak across the road to the water and went on a little adventure. I felt wild and daring and took a self portrait to show as proof to my unbelieving children later! I felt more than a little achy and old the next day when I woke up unable to move my arms but at least I felt like ME!