Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together.
They had announced her 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 and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude
on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say good-bye to
someone knowing it would be forever?"
"Yes, I have," I replied. Saying that
brought back memories I had 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
"Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?" I asked.
"I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead, and the
reality is, the next trip back will be for my funeral," he said.
"When you were saying good-bye 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
"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 that you
possess. I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Goodbye."
He then began to sob and walked away.