Monday, March 10, 2008

My Wish 4 U!

Good Morning!

Just wanted to share this story with you and to say truly I wish you enough...

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-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 - her 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.

Then, she 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, but an entire life to forget them.


To all my friends and loved ones,

Happy moments, praise God.

Difficult moments, seek God.

Quiet moments, worship God

Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

Found on the internet somewhere, kindly emailed to me, from my heart I am glad to share with each of you and wish you all enough!


Lex Valentine said...

This is the second touching mom story I've read today. It reminds me of a line I wrote recently in a short story I am attempting.

"May you never be touched with tragedy or left alone. Revel in each day that you are given, for each is a gift that cannot be replaced."

Thanks for the heartwarming post.

ndpthepoetress Jean Michelle Culp said...

Thank You Winter of Life or Something Like (B)it, for sharing this heartfelt expressed excerpt from the short story you are working on and for your comment. Your writing is certain to touch meaningfully with heart-prints of optimism into the lives of many others whose hopes may seem to have been sucked into an abyss of despair.

mauniejames3 said...

What a differance in just wrote of a wonderful and giving mother and I just wrote about a hateful and angry one..Once
when I was young I asked my Grammy why some old ladies were mean and hateful and some like her were so
generous and loving...she said you will be the same when you grow older as you are growing up..if your a mean and nasty person all of your life you can bet you will be a mean old lady..but most people are wonderful if you give them half a chance...I did so love my Grammy and miss her every day...

Mo and The Purries said...

I wish you enough.
What a beautiful sentiment.