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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I Wish You Enough

A Heart Touching Story ~ "I Wish You Enough"
Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their
last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s
departure had been announced. 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 sat.
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 forev
er?” “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, 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 you enough hellos to get you through the final
good-bye.”
She then began to cry and walked away.
Nurture Relationships…..As they say….It takes a minute
to find a special person ~ An hour to appreciate
them ~ A day to love them ~ And then an entire life to
forget them.....
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