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I Wish You Enough

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I wish you enough

Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their
last moments together. They had announced her
departure and standing near the security gate, they
hugged and he said, "I love you. I wish you enough."

She said, "Daddy, our life together has been more
than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish
you enough, too, Daddy." They kissed and she left.

He walked over toward 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. Saying that brought back
memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation
for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his
days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to
face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man
was experiencing.

"Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever
good-bye?" I asked.
I am old and she lives much too far away. I have
challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip
back would 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 for a moment and looking up as
if trying to remember it in detail, 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," he continued
and 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. I
wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I
wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I
wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life
appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy
your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all
that you possess. I wish enough "Hello's" to get you
through the final "Good-bye."

He then began to sob and walked away.
post #2 of 9
Wow, MaryAnne, that was very moving I'm going to print off a copy for my fridge. Let me be the first to say to, "I wish you enough "
post #3 of 9
Wow... thats kinda heavy!! but kinda nice too.... thanks....
post #4 of 9
How beautiful! It really touched me. I have to remember to tell my family more often how I feel about them.
post #5 of 9
. . . sniff . . .
post #6 of 9
Glad I'm home...that made me cry. That's a tear-jerker, but it has a nice sentiment. Thanks.
post #7 of 9
That was touching. I always tell everyone in my life I love them. I think I drive hubby nuts with it, but its true. And I never want to regret NOT saying it!!!

Thanks for sharing that with us.
post #8 of 9
That is touching. My dad is the only member of his immediate family still living. It was really hard on my dad when his only brother died of cancer last August.

Snowball is resting his head on my arm, it's nice, but it doesn't make it very easy to type anything!!!!!
post #9 of 9
I am glad I was not the only sniff out there.....
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