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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 and 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 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, » she said.

« When you were saying good-bye, 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 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.

She 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.

TAKE TIME TO LIVE…

To all my friends and loved ones ,
 

I WISH YOU ENOUGH.

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I wish I had time to blog… I really should open a restaurant again, so I would work and see lovely people at the same time…

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They won all their games, our new world champions ! Congratulations to the South African Springboks !

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English rugby…

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There is always a way out…

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Ok, ok, just another post on rugby, after the terrible loss on saturday, we enjoyed watching the South African « Springboks » beat the Argentinian « Pumas » last night. Great game that was !

They deserve this name, Springboks, their number 11, Bryan Habana, could jump something like 5 meters finishing off with a try, really incredible ! Habana equalled Jonah Lomu’s World Cup tryscoring record to help South Africa join England in next Saturday’s final with a ruthless 37-13 win over Argentina.

So the finals on saturday will be South Africa -England (The Springboks have beaten England 36-0 in the first round of this worldcup, expect this to be a « hot » game) while France will try to save their 3rd place against Argentina on friday (France also lost their first game against them, so this will be a revenge…) Two more games to go, then we’ll have to wait for another 4 years, lucky the 6 Nations Tournament will be on this winter which France has won many times.

I have chosen to be a Springboks supporter, a little because of the history of this wonderful country (I could write a post about it maybe), and being dutch, so let’s say in Afrikaans : VOORSPOED !!! Goodluck Springboks!!!

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