The young couple sitting near me on the train were very affectionate, kissing and cuddling each other, and I found it rather irritating. Finally the girl, who was very pretty, fell asleep and something made me smile at the young man, who immediately said: “I saw you were using a prayer book. Are you studying religion?” When I explained that I am a Lay Dominican and that prayer is part of my life, he relaxed visibly and told me about the difficulties he and his fiancée are having: she is Polish, he is Albanian and many people are suspicious of them because they are foreigners.
As it happens, I am a foreigner too in the country where I live, so we told each other a little about our experiences, and he explained that his family are still in Albania, but the girl’s family are already here and they hope to be able to unite both families in time. They have both found jobs in the city and are working hard to make enough money for decent accommodation for both sets of parents as well as for themselves.
He said quite honestly that he felt free to tell me their story because I was a Christian, and I found myself liking him and his fiancée very much and reminding myself how important it is not to be irritated by young people’s behaviour … next time, I hope I’ll be more tolerant of courting couples!
Author: Ann, Great-Britain, Province of England