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I wish you enough

What is enough?
Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the
departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the
mother said “I love you and I wish you enough”
The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more
than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough,
too, Mom”
They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to
the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she
wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy
but she welcomed me in by asking “Did you ever say goodbye to
someone knowing it would be forever?”
“Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking but why is
this a forever goodbye?” “I am old and she lives so far away.
I have challenges ahead and the reality is — the next trip
back will be for my funeral” she said.
“When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say ‘I wish you
enough’. May I ask what that means?” She began to smile
“That’s a wish that has been handed down from other
generations. My parents used to say it to everyone”.
She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it
in detail and she smiled even more. “When we said ‘I wish you
enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled
with just enough good things to sustain them”.
Then turning toward me she shared the following as if she were
reciting it from memory —

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you
enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough
happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so
that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you
enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to
appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough hellos to
get you through the final good-bye.

She then began to cry and walked away. They say it takes a
minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a
day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

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  1. Mommyof2princesses
    July 26, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    That was beautiful!

  1. August 12, 2006 at 7:17 am

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