PMB Kids Takeover: A Father’s Day Poem

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My name is Jannah-Rae, and I am taking over my mom, Ranya’s post this month with a poem I wrote for my Baba (dad in Arabic) this Father’s Day.  

Father's day

To My Baba on Father’s Day

Dads are all different you see;

Which is fine, since anything can be. 

Muslim, Christian, Hindu, too

Some like me, and some like you. 

For Father’s Day I decided to say:

“I love you” to my baba in my own special way.

My baba is hardworking, kind, and tough,

Loving, caring, fit, and buff.

He wears green and black, white and blue,

The smile in his tender eyes is always true. 

His brown hair is getting a little grey,

“I love you baby girl,” is what he always says. 

I love you too, Baba, and on this special day

I want to tell you: “Your baby girl I will always stay.”


father's dayJannah-Rae is eight years-old and in second grade. She loves to read, cook, and go on nature walks. This is her second published piece of writing on PMB, but she has written lots more at home and school. When she’s not in school, Jannah-Rae plays the piano, gardens with her Baba, and plays with her little brother, Yousef, and their Arabic-speaking cat, Leo. She lives in Sellwood with her parents and maternal grandparents. 

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Lebanese in origin, Ranya became a US citizen in 2007. Shortly after meeting Jeff through a job ad in Beirut in 2003, she moved to Portland to pursue a doctorate at PSU. From there, the two of them moved to the East Coast to begin their adventures. The last fourteen years have seen them in Portland, OR twice; in Arlington, VA twice, in Columbia, MD as well as Lebanon and Morocco. In her current life, Ranya is a teacher’s aide who loves to embark on special projects with her daughter. Their signature Mama-and-Me activity is hosting their friends for formal tea parties. She is trilingual, and is passing on the torch of language to her children who are fluent in English and Arabic. Ranya is passionate about hot yoga, and enjoys long walks. She absolutely hates driving, and reserves it for cases of dire need. She believes in the wonders of snuggles, and advocates their daily use. She lives a walking distance from her all-time favorite restaurant, Saburo, with Jeff, Jannah-Rae and Yousef. They share their one-bathroom house with her parents and Leo, the Arabic-speaking cat. Ranya writes thoughts, tots and essential oils on her blog Ranya, the Memory Keeper.