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The Five People You Meet in Heaven By Mitch Albom
The Blue Man, the 1st person Eddie meets in heaven. This man became blue because of an overdose of nitrate, making him a freak. He found his heaven at Ruby Pier when becoming a sideshow attraction, but died of a heart attack when Eddie as a child caused him to crash his car.
We are all connected. The human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect.
Sacrifice is a part of life. Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else.
The Captain, Eddie's war buddy, the second person he meets. When the two and other soldiers were kidnapped for months in the Philippines, they escaped and burned the village. Eddie thought he saw someone in a burning house, so The Captain shot him to keep him safe. The Captain died before they got home because he was blown up by a landmine, saving the other soldiers. But, Eddie wasn't aware of how The Captain died or who shot him in the leg.
The 3rd person Eddie meets is Ruby. She married a rich man named Emile, who built Ruby Pier for her. When he was hurt, he shared the same room as Eddie's father, who caught pneumonia when saving Micky Shea from drowning. Eddie's father was abusive and ignorant in his life, and ever since he died, Eddie has held a vicious anger towards him.
Let go of anger. Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harms we do, we do to ourselves.
Lost love is still love. It just takes the form of memory. Although life ends, love endures.
The 4th person Eddie meets is his own wife, Marguerite. They had a wonderful life together, but they could never have kids. Marguerite died at 47 of cancer, and from then on, Eddie felt as though he'd lost everything in his life.
Tala tells Eddie that his life did have a purpose: he was meant to work at Ruby Pier and keep the children safe.
Tala is the 5th person Eddie meets. She was the girl Eddie did, in fact, see in the burning house. She died. She tells Eddie that she did save the girl that he tried to save from the falling cart, when he was instead killed by the cart, Tala brought him to heaven, keeping him safe like he did for everyone at Ruby Pier.
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