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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00

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snapper521 at 2007-04-17 20:42 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

Cat's In The Cradle

Sung and Written by: Harry Chapin

A child arrived just the other day,
He came to the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He'd say, "I'm gonna be like you, dad.
You know I'm gonna be like you."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

My son turned ten just the other day.
He said, "Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let's play.
Can you teach me to throw?" I said, "Not today,
I got a lot to do." He said, "That's ok."
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed,
Said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I'm gonna be like him."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

Well, he came from college just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
"Son, I'm proud of you. Can you sit for a while?"
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
"What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then, dad.
You know we'll have a good time then."

I've long since retired and my son's moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind."
He said, "I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.
You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kid's got the flu,
But it's sure nice talking to you, dad.
It's been sure nice talking to you."
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,
He'd grown up just like me.
My boy was just like me.

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then, dad.
You know we'll have a good time then."
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-04-18 01:17 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

I little before my time, but yeah, that's a fantastic song. Harry Chapin, later remade by Ugly Kid Joe in the early 90s.
snapper521 at 2007-04-18 16:22 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

mhmm. :-)

When I was little (7-ish?) I always wondered how on earth a dad could want to work so much that he couldnt spend time with his kids... now I understand a little more. But... since my folks have ALWAYS put us over their jobs... it caused a little bit of confusion. However - I like that my folks put us above other things in their lives.

Life isn't always easy... but I believe it's easier when you have family who loves you and who you know will never "abandon" you no matter how rough it gets or how much they disagree with your decision.

Keeping in mind my mom's post about her brother... (which you need to read if you haven't already) he is kind of not the type of family I mean since he never agree's with anything and is a drag down not a hand up type uncle.

I think in my 18 yrs I'm only heard him give me 3 compliments or a possitive comment. EVERYTHING is so negative with him that it's like... trying to breath in a smoke filled room. It's hard and you end up feeling sick. :-P
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-04-18 23:02 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

Its like I tell my wife...I don't put work first, I put family first; which is why I work.
snapper521 at 2007-04-20 04:43 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

*laugh* I also opened this while at school last night - everyone behind me was laughing their butt's off.

About half of the guys thought your idea of family was the best one. :-P

Oddly enough the guy who I like... didn't. *odd look* He was... acting strangely yesterday. Half concerned, but then again I suppose I shouldn't worry because it isn't technically my problem. However - for the sake of caring... I'm concerned.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-04-20 19:28 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

If I didn't work to provide for my family, what kind of father would I be? Where does one draw the line? Its a tough one, to be sure.
snapper521 at 2007-04-22 02:59 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

I'm sure. I of course wouldn't know.

I fear that although I will love being a mother, and that motherhood will suit me, I will love my job enough I won't want to give it up. :-P So for this reason I think perhaps unless it were for THE right guy... along with some other reasons, I'd be wiser not to have kids.

*shrug*

My life is so up in the air right now... everything depends on something else, and if this doesn't happen then something else will happen and that is dependent upon THAT... argh.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-04-22 03:08 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

That will never change.
snapper521 at 2007-04-22 04:03 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

Wonderful. I was hoping it would become a little more certain, so then by the time I reached your age I could try to plan stuff... Grr... so much for that theory...
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-04-22 04:11 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

No worries, even though that doesn't ever change, your ability to assimilate it and makes choices from it becomes far easier.
snapper521 at 2007-04-23 03:48 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

Hmm...

Mk :-)
Renegade
leonardii at 2007-06-06 16:59 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

I always put family first.

My dream of becoming a doctor is the root of first caring for my family. I want to take care of them, protect them, and finally - to be their primary care giver. It will bring me great satisfaction to "cure" my family, my children, and hopefully later on down the road - my grandchildren.

My next reason is to care for my community, then my state, my nation, and then the rest of the world.

In the beginning at least, I'll probably be the type of doctor in a hospital who stays for a certain period of time, the rotates to another hospital in a different area - most likely overseas to places like Russia where orphanages are desperate for just basic medical care.

I would like to do my duty as a physician to help those who are less fortunate... but as always, my family will come first.
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