At an airport I overheard a father and daughter in
            their  last moments together. They had announced her
          plane's departure and standing  near the door she said,
           "Daddy, our life together has been more than enough.
    Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough,
                    too,  Daddy."
 
 
             They kissed good-bye and she left. He walked over
           toward  the window where I was seated. Standing there
           I could see he wanted and  needed to cry. I tried not
        to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by
                      asking,
           "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would
 be  forever?"
 
 
            "Yes, I have," I replied. Saying that brought back
           memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation
           for all my Dad  had done for me. Recognizing that his
          days were limited, I took the time to  tell him face to
           face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man
      was  experiencing.
 
 
 "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a  forever
 good-bye?" I asked.
 
 
             "I am old and she lives much too far  away. I have
             challenges ahead and the reality is, her next trip
          back will  be for my funeral," he said.
 
 
            "When you were saying good-bye I heard  you say, 'I
               wish you enough'. May I ask what that means?"
 
 
              He began  to smile. "That's a wish that has been
            handed down from other generations. My  parents used
                          to say it to everyone."
 
 
             He paused a moment and  looking up as if trying to
                remember it in detail, he smiled even  more.
 
 
 "When we said 'I wish you enough', we were wanting the
 other  person to have a life filled with enough good
 things to sustain  them".
 
 
            He continued and then, turning toward me, he shared
           the  following as if he were 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 enough 'Hellos' to get you through  the final
 'Good-bye'.
 
 
 He then began to sob and walked  away.
 
 
 My friends and loved ones, I wish you ENOUGH!!!