Forever in my Heart

A story of young love when the daughter of a priest and black south African woman falls for a young lad from North Shields. Will their relationship survive the racial prejudice.

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Joe walked into the vestry of the church to find Father Simon writing the sermon for tomorrow’s service.

“Excuse me Father Simon can I have a word?

“Come in Joe; what can I do for you?

“Please sit down.”

Joe sat in the large arm chair before speaking. He looked perplexed as he thought how to broach the question he was about to ask.

“Father Simon can I ask you a personal question.”

“Yes ask anything you want my son.”

“Well I know you were older than I was when you met your wife but did you have to endure prejudice from people; how did you deal with it?

“To answer you first question; Sonja and I faced many hurdles when we first met.

I was beaten by the Afrikaans;’ they called me a kaffir who means a black man or someone without religion. The way I dealt with it was to ignore the insults and to just get on with my life. At first I was like you and hit out; but as time went on I learned that ignoring them worked. When they couldn’t rile me anymore they left Sonja and I alone.”

“Thank you for defending my daughter the other night by the way.”

I know I’m young Father Simon and so is Ayesha but I love her very much and she loves me. I would die for her; that’s how strong my love is for her and I’m prepared to wait until we are old enough to get married. I am fifteen next Thursday and I will be going to college and so will Ayesha. My feelings will not change and neither will your daughter’s.

“I know how headstrong my daughter can be Joe. This is puppy love that you both feel. I ask you to go to college; give Ayesha time to grow up.

If her feelings are still the same in a few years from now then you will both have my blessing.

I have invited you all to my birthday party next week, will you come?

“Yes, I will Joe; it will give me a chance to talk with your parents.

“Thank you Father Simon.

“Thank you Joe for showing how mature you are. You are a good boy; you will no doubt go far in this world.

“Can Ayesha and I remain friends?

“Yes but you must give her space Joe; promise me that.”

“I will Father Simon.

“Now come; my daughter cooks for us tonight.”

“I should go.”

“Let me speak with Ayesha later but do not upset her by leaving now.”

“Yes I understand sir.

 

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