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I wish you enough!

Discussion in 'Stories (Fiction)' started by uma, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. uma

    uma Senior IL'ite

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    A nice story that I read. The last part is particularly good!

    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. 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 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
    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 goodbye.

    She then began to sob 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.
     
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  2. sudhavnarasimhan

    sudhavnarasimhan Silver IL'ite

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    Hello Uma,

    That was a good one...like u said the last part was very touching, and something to remember!

    That was good one on INDIA... and about loving and forgetting people.
    thanks for posting this....
     
  3. Kamla

    Kamla Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hello Uma,

    A very poignant little story. I wish you and myself enough:)
     
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    jayana Senior IL'ite

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    Hello Uma,

    That was really a touching and sensitive story............

    Regards,
    Jay
     
  5. prathi

    prathi Bronze IL'ite

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    Very Touching!!

    Dear Uma,

    My eyes welled up as i read the snippet. My eyes are still blurred as i type this response. I think all of our friends who live miles away from their loved ones would feel the same. A mother wishing enough and the depth of that wish was beyond our imagination. How i long to run and hug my mom this very moment!!!!

    Thanks for a nice post and a patriotic signature. I love my india too!!!
     

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