I WISH YOU ENOUGH
Recently, I overheard a Mother and daughter in their
last moments together at a regional airport.
They had announced her departure and standing near
the security gate, they hugged and she said,
"I love you. I wish you enough."
She in turn said, "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 she left.
The elder woman walked over toward 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 good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?"
"Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking,
but why is this forever good-bye?" I asked.
"I am old and she lives much too 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 good-bye 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 for 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," she continued.
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 sob and walked away.
Friends and loved ones, I wish you ENOUGH!!!
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."