Monday, January 14, 2008

I wish you enough.

I was sent this little tale recently and thought I'd share it with you.

'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 wantingthe 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.

TAKE TIME TO LIVE..... To all my friends and loved ones, I WISH YOU ENOUGH'


storyteller said...

What an inspiring story Peajay! If only we could all be happy with "enough" ...

This reminds me of the idea of living simply so that others may simply live. Thanks for sharing. Seems like that's two in one day ... or maybe it's two I've discovered in a single day. I've not been visiting blogs as regularly as I once did because there's just not enough time in the day.

Hugs and blessings,

Peajay said...

Thank you Storyteller, your visits are always welcome.
I know the feeling about 'so much to do, so little time to do it in'.

Talking Bear said...

Wow, the wisdom of several generations. What a wonderfuly powerful way to send each other away. What more of live can be said than that? Thank you for sharing, I think I would have cried with her. TB

melanie said...

wow, that's one I choked up on!! Thanks for sharing this!! the photo, btw! :))))))

Peajay said...

Thank you. :)))