Friday, October 18, 2013

I Wish You Enough!


I just saw this and thought it was so touching.
 I wish I knew who gets the attribution.



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 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, 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.


They say it takes a minute 
To find a special person.

 An hour to appreciate them. 
A day to love them. 
And an entire life to forget them.

3 comments:

Sister Susie Says said...

I pray I never forget them!
Love to you all, Susan

Nellie's Cozy place said...

HI Bonnie,
What a touching post, and I loved the
poem about enough, so good really,
cause that is truly what we all need - enough of those things to appreciate the goodness of God in our lives.

It saddened me tho, that these ladies obviously did not have a relationship with Jesus or they would have known it was not a forever goodbye, just a temporary goodbye.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

For me, when I have attended the funeral of my loved ones who had
that relationship, is when I really really know what Jesus has done for me, because I know in my heart I will see them again in Heaven, their absence from me is not Goodbye, it is only so long....and even tho there is grief,there is no better feeling on earth............than to know your loved one is with the Lord.

I wish them enough..... of Jesus!
and I am sure you do too!

Hope all is well with you hon,
Have missed you, but know you are a
busy girl these days........
Love and Blessings,
Nellie

LA Adams said...

Ah, now I'm crying - good tears. My mom isn't doing so well and is in hospice care. I think I'll call and wish her enough.