In New York

In New York

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

'Love each other or perish'.

All I will say about today is it's been difficult. It's all feeling difficult. We had a good day on Sunday - his sister Laura and her husband Dan spent some time with us and we had a lovely meal together at home. I hope it wasn't too overwhelming for Laura. Roch does want to talk about everything and it can feel a lot for people. Roch gave them 3 copies of a book called 'Tuesdays with Morrie', to pass round the family. It is an extraordinary book but it's pretty tough going. Morrie was a 78 year old US university professor who died of MND. This is the story of the final months of his life, as written by a former student who spent 12 Tuesdays with him before he died. It's not as depressing as you might think, although it's sad, of course. Morrie's philosophy can be summed up in a line he quotes from W.H. Auden, 'Love each other or perish' and it made me want to renew my passing acquaintance with the poet. It's strange because recently in conversation with my counsellor we agreed that all you can do is fill every day with love, so there it is, me and Morrie, we seem to have had the same idea. He said he was lucky, because he had been given an opportunity to say Goodbye, to his family, to his friends, to life. The author's life changed because of his friendship with Morrie. I wonder what Roch's family will make of it. You probably haven't heard the last of Morrie here...

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