OT: Do you have enough?
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|Mon, 04-07-2003 - 3:23pm|
At an airport I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments
together. They had announced her
plane's departure and standing near the door 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 good-bye 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. Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever
goodbye?" 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 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,
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 you enough
"Hellos' 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!!!!
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 lifetime to forget them."
I WISH YOU ENOUGH