I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond, but I’m currently getting ready for the publication of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Tuesdays with Morrie–which is tomorrow!–and working on my next book.
Your question is interesting because that’s just where the story begins–I didn’t choose to stay in touch with Morrie. Instead, I made a promise at graduation that I would, and then broke that promise for 16 years. And when chance, or maybe fate, put Morrie on my television screen, I was compelled to at least honor that promise once, before it was too late. Maybe Morrie’s illness presented a deadline I couldn’t ignore. All I know is that I felt compelled, even if I’m not sure why.
As for the hibiscus plant–I’m not sure. Perhaps because of its color?
Thanks for writing.