I Wish You Enough..

5 11 2007

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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 & 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 a forever good-bye?”.
“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 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 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 goo d 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 no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear 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. TAKE TIME TO LIVE…..

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A Story that I love to Share.. To everyone who paused by, I Wish You Enough.


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7 responses

5 11 2007
Anand

Wonderful Story! 🙂

8 11 2007
saij20

i wish you enough……that was touching story..did it really happen???

11 11 2007
K

Thanks a lot for sharing this with us 🙂

19 11 2007
Reema

Very sweet write-up, very touching. All of us connect differently to one story. I keep on thinking, once in a while, how we take for granted the security and dependability of our family; it becomes immensely difficult to even think that some day this could be not there. Only thought is unbearable. We expect our parents to be there always, never realizing that time just flies by in no time.

7 06 2008
joyeetamajumdar

That darted straight into my heart…just to know someone cares enough to think of such lovely things to wish for you makes you feel whole, complete and secured in the warmth of their love! There is nothing more precious you could have…

4 01 2011
Mia Fate

a wonderful and touching story with lessons to be learned

1 12 2011
JOHN

NOT EXACTLY LIKE THE ORIGINAL THAT BOB PERKS WROTE, BUT CLOSE ENOUGH

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