I Wish You Enough

I just read this and it’s so beautiful and really touched my heart. I had to share it.



“I wish you enough”

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 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 leftThe 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 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. And an entire life to forget them.

Written by Bob Perks

6 thoughts on “I Wish You Enough

  1. New Journey says:

    This is so moving….so strong, and yet fragile….if that makes any sense…my heart ached for that mom….thank you for sharing….glad your fathers surgery is over and now on to recovery….don’t feel guilty….you will need your strength in the coming weeks to be there for him when he needs a strong shoulder to lean on….2 months will seem like 2 years….nothing you could of done at the hospital for him while he was in surgery….glad your taking care of you first !!! YAY BRONCOS…..kat

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    • emmagc75 says:

      Yes exactly! People don’t realize you can be fragile n strong. Just because I feel everything deeply n I cry doesn’t mean I’m not strong. We can be both. Thanks. So glad he’s on the road to recovery 🙂

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  2. laurelwolfelives says:

    This is so touching. When I started reading it, I remembered a line in “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” when Sandra Bullock asks her daddy if he was loved enough. For some reason, that struck me. This mother and daughter obviously share a bond that death will not break.

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