Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009!!!!!

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 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 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.

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.

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 but then an entire life to forget them...


To all my friends and loved ones ,



Neas Nuttiness said...

Becky - you make me proud!
Love You!!!

SassyDog said...

Thanks Libby!!!! Love you, too. Counting the days til April 2009!!!

Neabear said...

Thanks for visiting me too! Once you learn how to do pictures then it will be pretty easy. I have learned to upload them in the reverse order of how you want them to show in the post. Why it does that I don't know. Thank you for sharing this story. I have seen it somewhere before. Probably an email. It is a tear-jerker for sure. My son and his family live in Florida.

Neas Nuttiness said...

Hey Becky - Did you control yourself at Goodwill?

Nearbear - what part of Florida? Before moving to my current home, I was an offical Florida Native for 51 years!

Salinger The Pug said...

Happy New Year to you too!

Mom loved your post and wishes you "enough" too!!!!

Salinger The Pug

Robynn said...

I'm sitting here with tears...loved that and needed to hear it but I'm wanting to fix that mama!

Thanks for stopping by! Please come back when you have a chance. So happy for you that you are a breast cancer SURVIVOR! Blessings!

Nevis said...

Happy New Year!!