Stories of Kindness from Around the World

I Wish You Enough

--by brighteyes, posted May 10, 2007
At an airport I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her plane's departure and standing near the door, he said to his daughter, "I love you, I wish you enough."

She 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 good-bye 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 experiencing.

"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, her 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 even more.

"When we said 'I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with 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 "Good-bye."

He then began to sob and walked away.

[ Original story by Bob Perks, in Chicken Soup For the Grieving Soul ]

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Readers Comments

Betty Tribe wrote: This is so beautifully power-packed! We heard it several years ago from a dear friend. Just yesterday, he passed away suddenly. Surely, he had this in his heart and perhaps on his lips during his last moments with us.
It will be his legacy to us, and we will be sharing it in his memory.
Jacquelyn Jones wrote: My youngest daughter and i both saw this on facebook and we cried together for alittle while. That's when we decided to get matching tattoos. The tattoos contained only one word, "enough". We knew that that is what we would always wish eachother.
dhivyashana wrote: Thank you. Made me feel enough now.
Hirak Nag wrote: I like to convey happy tidings at the start of a new year, so here's wishing you all recepients a very happy new year, rejoice and be merry throughout the year, shoving away temporary disappointments, fond regards, hirak nag.
Amanda wrote: That's beautiful thank you for taking the time to share that. I wish you enough. x
Xenia wrote: This must be the most amazing short story i have ever read i love it and think everyone deserves to read this😭❤️️
Steve McDaniel wrote: Good morning,
I have been using this salutation for many years now. Interestingly enough the person whom i thought would understand and appreciate this beautiful blessing, has oh so much. With every greeting card, birthday and christmas card i sent the ending " wishing you enough" is the last thing right after "i love you".
Not everyone will understand, or has the abilities of the holy spirit and its grace. Jesus spoke in parables on purpose so that those who wanted the gifts would seek and find.
Wishing everyone "enough. "
Emily wrote: Beautiful and positive steps of kindness.
Emily wrote: Beautiful and positive steps of kindness.
rak92 wrote: Love this! Not too little, not too much, but wish you just enough. Excellent balance, wonderful story. Thank you

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