I wish you enough

A friend emailed this to me yesterday:

Recently I overheard a Father and daughter in their  last moments together at the airport.  They had  announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, ‘I love you, and I wish you enough.’

The daughter replied, ‘Dad, our life together has been more than  enough.  Your love is all I ever needed.  I wish you enough, too, Dad.’

They kissed and the daughter left.  The Father walked over to the window where I was seated.  Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry.  I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he 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,’ he said..

‘When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish  you enough.’  May I ask what that means?’

He began to smile.  ‘That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations.  My parents used to say it to everyone…’  He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he 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, he shared the following as if he 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.

He 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.

To all my friends and loved ones, I wish you enough.

3 Responses to I wish you enough

  1. Fredinthegrass says:

    Hp, you share the most amazing things with us – thank you.
    May I ‘wish you enough’.

  2. homepaddock says:

    Thanks Fred, I’m blessed with friends who share amazing things with me and am pleased you enjoy them too.

  3. pdm says:

    I experienced that in 2004 when I left my 6 cousins in Scotland for what I thought would be the last time. I have seen all but one of them on this trip and will catch up with her and her husband at Christmas. They do not leave the Isle of Lewis to go to the mainland except for emergencies.

    I guess when we leave to return to NZ we will go through it again.

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