Recently someone overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had just announced her 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 departed on her plane.
The mother walked over to the window next to where I was seated.
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?’
‘Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?’
‘I am old and my daughter lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and I suspect 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?
The mother 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 used to say, ‘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 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 just 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 and entire life to forget them.
To all of you readers: I WISH YOU ENOUGH !!