To encourage you to keep going.
To remind you to be strong.

Published on October 16, 2013 in Blog1

“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 left.The 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


  1. afra January 1, 2014 Reply

    simply beautiful!<3

  2. Franki Hart January 1, 2014 Reply

    Thank you! This message needed to be read by me and others I’m sure!!!!

  3. christy January 2, 2014 Reply

    so sweet yet so sad 🙁

  4. Adam January 6, 2014 Reply

    That is one of the best sayings i’ve heard in moons my mom used to say never say goodbye always say see u later,see u when u get back because goodbye ment forever i hav lived it all my life never to say goodbye thanks for a reminder

  5. Wena June 26, 2014 Reply

    Tears coming down my cheeks reading it…my mother is turning 75 next month and I wish for more years so I can spend it with her. So beautifully written…thank you.

  6. leltu September 16, 2014 Reply

    those who do not have ears they could not hear but those who have eyes they can see

  7. David Reid October 20, 2014 Reply

    How wonderful is that situation. It made me gulp – I wish you enough……..

  8. Sana November 18, 2014 Reply

    Thats just lovely!

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