I Wish You Enough by Bob Perks

February 11th, 2013

Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s departure had been announced. 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 sat. 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 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, 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-bye.”

She then began to cry and walked away. They say it takes a minute to find a special person. An hour to appreciate them. A day to love them. And an entire life to forget them. That moment I shall remember for all eternity.

  1. Keith Laidler says:

    This brings memories back to over 25 years ago when the thought of ‘enough’ entered my journaling.  Some years later I heard the song, “In This Very Room,” that became one of my favorites.  It represents the growth in my spiritual life then and enabled continuing ‘evolution’ in my spirituality.  May I share the lyrics here? 
    “In this very room there’s quite enough Love for one like me.
    In this very room there’s quite enough Joy for one like me,
    and there’s quite enough Hope…and quite enough Power…to chase away any gloom,
    for Jesus, Lord Jesus, is in this very room!
    “And in this very room there’s quite enough Love for all of us,
    And in this very room there’s quite enough Joy for all of us,
    and there’s quite enough Hope, and quite enough Power, to chase away any gloom…
    for Jesus, Lord Jesus…..is in this very room!”
    Jesus’ life and person has been my ‘link’ to God.  Not that I ever really knew God as a person even though I prayed to ‘Him’ many years (like we were taught from our youth up). Today God, for me,  is the magnetic field of Power  ‘enabling’ all Love, Joy, Hope, Peace, Faith, and more.  Because of Jesus, I have hope of becoming “fully alive, fully human, and the best version of the person I am gifted to be.             

  2. Betterlife Now says:

    Wow-that lady in the airport is an ANGEL-I wish we could hear more from her or perhaps we heard enough!  I will always remember-THANKS FOR SHARING!  WISHING EVERYONE “ENOUGH”

  3. Betterlife Now says:

    How did you remember every word-did you write it down immediately after the mother walked away?Perhaps some words are just enough not to forget….THANKS AGAIN FOR POSTING!!!!