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AuthorTopic:   I WISH YOU ENOUGH!
posted June 25, 2001 21:42pm
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>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 said "I love you. I wish you enough."
>She in turn 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
>to intrude on his privacy but he welcomed me in by asking "Did you ever
>say goodbye 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
>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 goodbye?" I asked.
>"I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and
>reality is the next trip back will 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
>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
>a life filled with just 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
>I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
>I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
>I wish enough "Hellos" to get you through the final "Goodbyes."
>He then began to sob and walked away.

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