Persistent love melts resentment

Is it so hard to love someone who hates and rejects you because you are different? I may have come from the East and my husband-to-be from the West. And we might have come from different cultures, but we had common values in the way we were brought up and lived.

So it was a great shock to see the reaction of my fiance's family when I was introduced to them. Of course they were kind and welcoming to me as an individual, but they had high aspirations for their gifted son. Marrying a girl from Iran was not one of them. They were bitterly disappointed and totally opposed to our marriage. I was equally offended. I was proud of my upbringing and of my country.

The love that does not take sides
April 14, 2003

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