Σάββατο, 9 Φεβρουαρίου 2008

Μια μικρή γλυκιά ιστορία (όχι δική μου, αγνώστου προελεύσεως)

I WISH YOU ENOUGH
What is enough?

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 goodbye to someone knowing it would
be forever?".


"Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking, but
why is this a
forever goodbye?"

"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 goodbye, 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 as
if she were
reciting from memory, and said:

"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.

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