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Laugh With Lisa: I Wish You Enough

Lisa DeMarco brings us a story which goes to the very heart of what it is to be alive.

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They say, “It takes a minute to find a special person, a hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but a lifetime to forget them.” Life can be short. One never really knows. Enjoy every moment you can!

At an airport, I overheard a father and his 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.”

Then, 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 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 own dad had done for me. I never realized his days were limited. I never took the time to tell him face-to-face how much he meant to me. So I knew what he was experiencing. “Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?”

“I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, her next trip back will probably be for my funeral,” he said.

“When you were saying good-bye I heard you say I wish you enough. May I ask, what does that mean?”

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 for 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 the.”

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 joy in life appears much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your want.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough “Hellos” to get through the final “Good-bye.”

He then began to sob and walked away.

To all my friends and loved ones, I WISH YOU ENOUGH!


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