Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport
as the daughter’s departure had been announced. 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 sat.
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 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, 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 you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.”

She then 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.
and an entire life to forget them.

– Author Unknown

Shared from Love Is The Answer


– mei –

55 thoughts on “I WISH YOU ENOUGH.

  1. taking a breath to pause
    just because
    I wanted to say
    I miss the thoughts you say
    and your smile
    that is so wonderfully contagious across the miles
    and to wish you a moment within peace
    as my thoughts for you across the
    oceans never cease

    Take Care…Mei You Matter…
    and you are missed very much
    love to you Mei

  2. Mei,
    This was a truly wonderful post. Having said a final goodbye to one I loved, I understand the emotions involved with the woman in the story. I am only happy that I was there to say it. As in the story, a final parting isn’t the end of love…, just the beginning of memories.

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  4. That was a wonderful read…! I have always (well, over the past couple of decades) had that attitude. As long as I have ‘enough’ all is well. What can I do with a surplus? And, I don’t want to ‘want’…. it isn’t a good look.!
    I haven’t heard the little poem before though… I think I’m going to copy, paste and use that one.. 🙂

  5. So powerful and yet sad. I am afraid that that scene plays out all over the world many times a day. That is why I chose to remain near my parents and to make a life near where I was born and raised – to be happy with a life that I could build upon and enhance as the years went by.

    But the saying or the poem or whatever it is ( recited by the lady) is true with wise words for us to follow as we go through life.

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