Goodbye I wish you enough.

“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

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  1. My mother is 95 and I live so far away. As I read this tears just flowed from me. This is the most beautifulest thing I have ever read. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I found this site thru a Buddhist based newsletter I subscribe to: The Elephants’ Journa.

    This is an unexpected gift at another difficult holiday season. A favorite book: Too Late Smart: Too Soon Old…sorry the Buddhist-American Psychiatrist author’s name not readily at mind. They all come together as approaching 70, as in 50-70, unnoticed fleeting years ahead, I need to forge a new perspective on life totally unexpected. Change, impermanence, sculpting a new self, learning self-love & self-compassion…all the things I thought were done by 50 are necessary to learn differently in these unprepared for, ” sudden” older years when I almost lost a loved few through unintentional, hurtful errors, learned to hope for forgiveness, & self-forgiveness, learning when forever needs to be let go, after 48 years of marriage he doesn’t have a clue he’s lost interest in, on & on. Thank you for these lessons to be learned, thank you for the affirmation that ” alone ” can & sometimes must be better. Thank you for: I wish you enough. I will frame it & internalize it until I grant my adult children all the freedom perhaps I unknowingly hold back, I will memorize it to spread the heights & depths of love to all I connect with and I will learn it to free myself to appreciate every minute despite my flaws & difficult health challenges, the courage to age gracefully & leave something of worth for others. I wish you enough with genuine gratitude…a true gift to have printed the story & the author’s human genius.

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