I Wish You Enough
By Ed Solomon
"As a child I can remember my grandmother sharing with me little bits of wisdom that gave me the basis of my faith and belief system. I can remember telling her that I wished that I had this or that or I wished that I could do thus and so. Her gentle response was always this little cliché.
"If wishes were horses then beggars might ride."
Her logic was always my teacher and guide.
In the 1930s there was a song about wishes. "Wishing Will Make It So" was the title. Another was "When You Wish Upon a Star." It seems that the depression era made a lot of folks wish for better times and a better way of life.
Here is a story about wishes that really has a lot of feeling. It is a story that would lend itself to a little touch of magic. I liked it and hope you will enjoy it also:
I WISH YOU ENOUGH.
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.
TAKE TIME TO LIVE!
To all my friends and fellow storytellers,
I WISH YOU ENOUGH
Posted on Sun, June 14, 2020
by Ken Hart