Friday, December 07, 2007

I Wish You Enough

You know those email tidbits that get sent over and over around the internet? Well, I don't usually read through many of them, but my cousin Chris sent me this one below and I thought it was beautiful. I don't know who the original author is so I can't give any credit. Here it is:

Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.

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 was seated. 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 as if she were reciting it from memory:

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude
bright no matter how gray the day may appear.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear 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 but then an entire life to forget them.

Chris lost her mom not too long ago so I know this is special to her.

Wishing you "enough" right back at you.


Tom said...

I know I'm a probablyy a big girl, but that one always makes me do two things. Initially, I say "hmph, another forward. I've seen this before." And then I read it and THINK "That's so true. I'm all verklempt." What I actually SAY is "hmphf, another forward. I've seen this before." And secretly wish it to everyone I know.

JustJodi said...

Karen....I feel the way the woman did that left her mom at the airport,, I am in Europe my 87 yr old mother is in Southern Illinois,, I always try to hold on to her a little longer spend a little more time with her,,and I wish I can see her again .
None of us never knows when the other will go,, we can only wish enough !!!

kw said...

Very touching. Thanks. I hate good-byes.

Writing Nag said...

beautiful...I just came back from visiting my parents and just last night I wondered if they knew how much I miss them and love them, every trip could be the last time...I will wish them enough. Thanks for posting.

Chris said...

Karen...I can't believe I just got around to reading this. Thanks for sharing and wishing you enough!