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I usually sign all my posts with the expression "Wishing you enough". Sometimes I am asked why I say this. The following is my reason. I received this months ago from a dear friend, so I don't want you to think this is an original piece by me.
"Recently, I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments
together. They had announced her plane's 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, 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!!
Thanks for reading this and feel free to pass it along to whomever you would like to wish enough to.
Wishing you enough.
-- Trevilians (Trevilians@attbi.net), March 15, 2002
Thanks. I've loved your "Wishing you enough" but I assumed it was your way of saying "not a greedy amount; just enough". The story was beautiful. I plan to share it.
-- Rosalie (Dee) in IN (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 15, 2002.
I think Melissa has really had enough lately...
-- chuck in md (email@example.com), March 15, 2002.
That is a beautiful story ! The Swedes say "I hope you live to be one hundred" and at least for myself that is too much.
My thoughts were--I have loved and I have been loved. I have watched my children grow into men and I have been called Grandpa. I have planted a tree and watched it grow, prosper, and die. I assure you--it has been enough ! And if the sun doesn't come up tommorrow ? I had more than my share !
-- Joel Rosen (JoelnBecky@webtv.net), March 16, 2002.