I Wish You Enough

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?”

“Yes, I have,” I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was experiencing.

“Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?” I asked.

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

“When you were saying goodbye I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?”

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 them,” he explained. 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 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 “Goodbye.”

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8 Responses to “I Wish You Enough”

  1. Darcy Says:


    This is really lovely. I could imagine saying that to Ean when he goes off to college.

    For now, I started writing down Ean’s cute sayings…so I have “enough” memories as he grows older.

    Wishing you enough…

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Darcy! Very glad to hear you’re starting your own Cub Quotes with Ean. You will be very glad you did in the years to come!


  3. Laura Easter Says:

    Great stuff! I have lately gotten to the point in my life (near age 50) of telling everyone in my family, as well as close friends, how much I love them….so that if I don’t see them again for some reason, they know how much they meant to me. This brought tears to my eyes!

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m glad you liked it, Laura. I wish everybody could read this story and others like it and apply these lessons to their own lives. Too many of us take the important things in life—our relationships— for granted.

  5. Kelly Says:

    This really was wonderful. It reminded me of my GrandMother (born in Warsaw, Poland) who used to call me and say “Kelly! This is my bonus day! I woke up! Will you come to take me shopping?”

    I loved to take her shopping, she always showed me enough and more.

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    That made me laugh! Thanks, Kelly! I’m glad you liked this story, too. Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog. I appreciate it greatly!


  7. JenniferHansen Says:

    I have been blessed to still have all my family members and friends still alive and we talk often. But I do know the day will come and I am preparing for that. I love that, ‘I wish you enough’

  8. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yes, the day will always come. But if we make the most of each day, we will be ready.

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