Friday, December 4, 2015


Another round of kidney failure has come along. The irony of this kind of cancer is that any chemo therapy is effective for just so long. If the myeloma grows it challenges my kidneys and ultimately renal failure occurs. Fighting the renal failure with dialysis keeps me going until the next batch of chemo is applied and the cancer subsides, allowing my kidneys a chance to keep going. I've posted about this stuff in the past and I appreciate the well-wishes and prayers.  I will post more in a while, got to get back on my feet for now.

As the scales shift, emotions in the universe will shift with them. Drama, intrigue, and outright comedy will frequently be the result.

I don't know if this story, "Wishing You Enough is apocryphal or not, doesn't matter, it carries the sentiment. I will gladly credit the author.

"Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the father said, 'I love you, and I wish you enough.'

The daughter replied, 'Dad, our life together has been more than enough.. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.' 

They kissed and the daughter left. The father walked over to 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 good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?'

'Yes, I have,' I replied.  'Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?’

'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,' he said.

'When you were saying good-bye, 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 a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. 'When we said, 'I wish you enough,' we wanted the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.' 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 no matter how gray the day may appear.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear 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. 

He then began to cry 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."


Arthurstone said...

Sorry to hear of your illness.

Hannah said...

Love you, Grandpa.

John Munro said...

The old man in the airport has it right. The I wish you enough is a great philosophy to live by, sadly, it's not understood by so many of our younger generations. A great thing to teach our children, grandchildren, other young relatives and friends. To you, old solder, I wish you enough also. From an old, tired and worn out Kansas redneck.