Wednesday, January 11, 2006


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
".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 goodbye to someone knowing it would be

Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking"
."?but why is this a forever goodbye

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 goodbye, 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
wanting the 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
.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 goodbye

She then began to sob and walked away.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 life to forget them. Send
this to the people you will never forget and
remember to send it back to the person who sent
it to you. If you don't send it to anyone it
may mean that you are in such a hurry that you
.have forgotten your friends


by leianne _

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