January 31, 2008

I Wish You Enough

I recieved this today in an email from my friend Gloria. Yes, this proves it, she is still my friend even though I posted about her mishap with her little iron! (Thanks Gloria!) When I read this today it brought a tear to my eye. This is not quilt related, but life related.

I Wish You Enough

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 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 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.
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.

To all my friends and loved ones,

I don't know who the author of this story is, or if it is even true. The sentiment is true, however, and I do "Wish You Enough"!


Libby said...

Very touching . . . makes you mindful of life's treasures.

Anonymous said...

I've received this passage by email from a friend of mine before and I started crying as I was reading it. Thank you for sharing a nice feeling.

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YankeeQuilter said...

Reminds me to phone my own Mom in the states tonight. thanks!

Jessica said...

Very touching... Thanks for sharing

Charlene said...

Thanks for sharing and helping us to feel extremely blessed

Rose said...

Thank you kindly. I wish you enough too.

Tanya said...

That is so beautiful and brought a tear to my eye. I will write it down and send it to my daughter since she lives far away (well, so does my son but I think my daughter will appreciate it more..) Thank you for sharing it.