London, England: Noura Safar is a university student in London whose mother is half-German and half-Iranian. Her father is Iraqi. She grew up as an only child with Germany as her home, but her heart feels alive whenever she visits the Middle East.
 
In either place, she feels she’s only half of herself. She has learned that she has a half-brother from her father’s previous marriage. She’s reaching out to this half-brother, hoping, as an only child, to find a sense of kinship. She emails to introduce herself, wondering, “Should I say My Dad, Your Dad, or Our Dad?”

I grew up only with my mom
My dad was married before
I reach out to my half brother
Should I say my dad, your dad, or our dad?
19 years is enough of lost time
My dad, your dad or our dad?
19 years is enough of lost time
 
I want to know what he is like
But there is no reply
My hope dies away as two years pass
Should I say my dad, your dad or our dad?
19 years is enough of lost time
 
Finally he replies
I have tears in my eyes
Finally he replies
I have tears
 
He is going to come to London soon
I shall be in Germany
Will we get together half way?
Will he say my dad, your dad, or our dad?
19 years is enough of lost time

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