the girls

I wish you enough

by Michelle

I finally got around to packing Meaghan’s shower gifts so that they can be shipped to Calgary. Whenever I’m sending a package to the girls, if there’s extra room in the box, I’ll add a few of their keepsakes that have yet to leave home.

The girls kept diaries through their teens which I don’t have the heart to throw out. As I was trying to figure which one was Meg’s, I read the line, Dad gave me a card today that said, “I wish you enough…” It turned out to be Kaitie’s writing. She wrote that she would cherish that card for the rest of her life. I wasn’t familiar with the quote and the card wasn’t included in the diary so I wasn’t able to find out, ‘enough what?’

This morning I Goggle searched the line “I Wish You Enough” I LOVE GOOGLE – 20,000,000 results popped up! As I read the poem, I though about how each one of my daughters are being challenged this year in completely different ways. For the first time in their lives, they’re not going through the same thing. Three different journeys, that will take each of them, to three new and wonderful places in their worlds. Trying to comfort and guide them without possessiveness or prejudice challenges me.

When I finished reading the poem, I thought about Kaitie, at sixteen, full of fight and frustration that her world was not acceptable – that’s a story for another day – and how these simple words were able to find their way into her heart and bring her such calm.

I Wish You Enough written by Bob Perks

“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 enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Good-bye..”

Be calm my darlings, your compasses are true…