I WISH YOU ENOUGH:

“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.”

At an airport I overheard a  father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her  plane’s departure and standing near door 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 good-bye 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, her 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 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 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.

My  friends and loved ones, I WISH YOU ENOUGH!!!

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