Closing I wish you enough
At the airport a father is overheard saying to his daughter in their last moments together as they hugged, “I love you. I wish you enough.”
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, she left.
He walked over to the window where I was seated.
I could see he needed and wanted to cry. I didn’t want to intrude but he said, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” I replied. Saying that I remembered telling dad how much I appreciated right before he died.
“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 her next trip home will be for my funeral.”
”When you were saying good-bye I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough’ May I ask what that means?” He smiled, “That’s a wish handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone. It means we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them” He turned and from memory said,
“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 to the final ‘good-by.” He then began to sob and walked away.
I wish you enough.