The following anonymous email has circulated on the Internet:
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 goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?”
“Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking, but why is this a
“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 goodbye, 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” … “When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the
other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to
“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray
the day may appear.
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 loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye.”
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