Recently I overheard a father and
daughter in their last moments together at the
airport. They had announced her departure and,
standing near the security gate, they hugged and he
"I love you. I wish you enough."
turn said," Daddy, our life together has been more than enough.
Your love was 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 goodbye to someone knowing it would be
"Yes, I have," I replied.
Saying that brought back
memories of my last conversation with my Dad.
Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to
tell him face to face how much he meant to me. I had
expressed my love and appreciation for all he had done
for me. So I knew exactly what this man was
"Forgive me for asking, but
why is this a forever goodbye?" I asked.
"Because I'm old and she lives so far away. The reality is, her next
trip back will surely be for my funeral," he
said. "When you were saying goodbye, 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." 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,
and enough rain to make you
appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep
your spirit alive,
and enough pain so that the
smallest joys in life
appear much bigger than they are.
wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting,
enough loss that you'll appreciate all that you
And I wish you enough "Hello's" to
get you through the final "Goodbye".
He began to sob and walked away....
shared this story with you so you will understand when I say....
LOVE YOU, MY FRIEND, AND I WISH YOU ENOUGH.
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wish you enough" written by Bob Perks and used with permission.
You may Email Mr. Perks at: Bob@BobPerks.com
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