Archive for September 4th, 2008

I Wish You Enough

September 4, 2008

A few days ago, my daughter Erin dropped me off at the airport for a flight to Santa Fe. Even before I got out of the car, I was choked up. Whenever one of us takes a trip, the thought of never seeing her again brings me to tears. She is the greatest blessing I could ever have in this life and the greatest gift I could ever give to the world.

Four years earlier, when Erin was living in Denver, I went out for a visit. When it came time for me to return to Minneapolis, I started tearing up a mile from the airport. I was so overwhelmed with emotion, I could barely speak. I hugged her goodbye and didn’t want to let go. As she drove off, I stood sobbing on the curb.

Yes, I am a big sap. That’s why I love this story. I don’t know who wrote it, but emotionally it’s pitch-perfect. I hope it motivates readers to cherish every moment they have with their children.

Erin, this is for you.

Love, Dad

 

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 goodbye and she left.

dad-and-daughter-grownHe 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 goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

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