I WISH YOU ENOUGH
Recently while I was waiting for a flight, I overheard a father and daughter
in their last moments together.
They had announced her flight's departure and
standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, "I love you. I wish
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
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, the 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 just enough good things to sustain
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 you enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Good-byes."
He then began to sob and walked away.
I Wish You Enough...
By Bob Perks, professional speaker, author, and vocalist,
member National Speakers Assoc. and National Writers Assoc.
~ Thank you Mr. Perks ~