Recently while was waiting for a flight, I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her flight’s departure, and standing near the security gate, they hugged, and he said , “I love you. I wish you enough.”
She in turn said, “Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy.”
They kissed, and she left. He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?”
“Yes, I have,” I replied. Saying that brought back memories of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was experiencing.
“Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?” I asked. “I am old, and she lives far away. I have challenges ahead, and the reality is, her next trip back will be for my funeral,” he said.
“When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means? He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a moment, and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled again. “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,” he continued and then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he 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 dig you possess.
* “I wish you enough ‘Hello’ to get you through the final ‘Goodbyes.”‘
As he walked away, I wished him enough. (smithvillechurch.org)