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I Wish You Enough

Saturday, March 21, 2009

This was sent to me by e-mail, and I felt I had to share this.

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 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 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 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.

I always lived by the philosophy that as long as I had a roof over my head, food in my gut, clothes on my back and friends and family to enjoy time with any of the extras were just the icing on the cake.
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    Great post! I did see this before and loved it! Hugs, Lynn
    4470 days ago
    thanks for sharing :)
    4506 days ago
  • TINATC26
    I have seen this, too. Thanks for sharing, it is a great reminder to all of us that sometimes get caught up in the race for more that we need to be thankful for what we do have.. Have a great Sunday!!

    4507 days ago
    Thanks for posting this! I like to think I "own" this philosophy but I constantly need reminders. Especially this week.
    4507 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    emoticon I met GEORGE FOREMAN at a Book signing, and for a few seconds of my life I got to look into his eyes. He is an adorable man, and I told him that.
    4507 days ago
    I've received this one as well it is a good message especially when we get to busy to stop and smell the roses OR to be greatful for what we already have rather then WISH our lives away wishing we had what other have...coveting .. anyway good reminder !! And timely as well !!
    4507 days ago
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