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Cat's in the Cradle

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Reflections on the Harry Chapin folk song from 1974.

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1My child arrived just the other day
2He came to the world in the usual way
3But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
4He learned to walk while I was away
5And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
6He'd say "I'm gonna be like you, Dad
7You know I'm gonna be like you"
8
9And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
10Little boy blue and the man on the moon
11When you comin' home, Dad
12I don't know when, but we'll get together then
13You know we'll have a good time then
14
15My son turned ten just the other day
16He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play
17Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today
18I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok"
19And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
20And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah
21You know I'm gonna be like him"
22
23And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
24Little boy blue and the man on the moon
25When you comin' home, Dad
26I don't know when, but we'll get together then
27You know we'll have a good time then
28
29Well, he came from college just the other day
30So much like a man I just had to say
31"Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while"
32He shook his head and said with a smile
33"What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
34See you later, can I have them please"
35
36And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
37Little boy blue and the man on the moon
38When you comin' home son
39I don't know when, but we'll get together then, Dad
40You know we'll have a good time then
41
42I've long since retired, my son's moved away
43I called him up just the other day
44I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind"
45He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I can find the time
46You see my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu
47But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad
48It's been sure nice talking to you"
49
50And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
51He'd grown up just like me
52My boy was just like me
53
54And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
55Little boy blue and the man in the moon
56When you comin' home son
57I don't know when, but we'll get together then, Dad
58We're gonna have a good time then

Am I the son?

Did I smile to keep face for my father?

Am I becoming the father?

Do I prioritize the business of life over relationships?

Does the father even recognize what he's done?

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