I Wish you Enough

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.
* Only  if you wish, send  this to the people you will never forget and remember to send it  back to the person who sent it to you.  If you don't send it  to anyone it may mean that you are in such a hurry that you have  forgotten your friends.  


To  all my friends and loved ones, I  WISH YOU ENOUGH.


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