Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. The airport authorities 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 each other and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see that 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?"
She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from our generations to 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 say, "I wish you enough," we want 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.
She then began to cry and walked away.
Created by Sushma Gupta on May 27, 2001
Modified on 10/02/13