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"i Wish You Enough"

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Someone sent me this today. Just thought I would share it with you.

Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, "I love you and 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 was seated. 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-b ye 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 as if she were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude

bright no matter how gray the day may appear.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear 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.

To all my friends and loved ones,


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Thank you Annie for sharing that. it made me cry. i would always say to my mom (to my children and husband also) God Be With You. she would say and also with you. we also had another saying, i would get ready for bed and i would say i'll see you in the morning and she said "its a date". the night before she passed we did not say that maybe we both knew she wasn't going to be able to keep that promise. i miss her sooooooooo.

i wish you enough. lori

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What a tear jerker! Thanks Annie...that was really touching. I miss my mom so much. I'm at the 8 month mark and it's starting to hurt again. I'm sure it's normal, but nontheless it hurts. With my daughters up coming wedding in October, it makes me so sad that my mom won't be there. I know, she'll be there in spirit, but it won't be the same. I am so happy for my daughter, but I am so sad about my mom. It's bittersweet.

Take care...Lori

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