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Cat’s in The Cradle and The Silver Spoon

07 Apr

Each time I hear this song I cry and my heart aches.  One of my biggest fears as a mother is looking back on my life and thinking, “coulda, shoulda, woulda.”  

Cat’s In The Cradle lyrics:

My 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 talkin’ ‘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 on the moon
When you comin’ home dad?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
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
And 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 on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

Well, he came home 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 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 on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

I’ve long since retired, 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 can find the time
You see my new job’s a hassle and kids have 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 on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then 

I was talking to a friend (thank you Jackie) on the phone last night and realized how fortunate I am to have realized all of this now instead of after the kids are grown.  I’m so grateful for the opportunity we have been given to live a simpler life which equals more quality family time.  I feel as though I have won the lottery!  I’m really looking forward to board games, exploring the woods (with bear mace in our pocket), coloring in coloring books, playing Barbies, fishing and swimming (or at least watching the kids swim…I like pools, thank you) in the lake, planting flowers, relaxing in the swing while eating peanuts and throwing the shells into the water (something I loved to do when I was pregnant with two of my kids), listening to the loons (I’m referring to the birds), skipping rocks, taking the kids out in the paddle boat, late night bonfires with sticky s’mores, painting birdhouses, and so much more.  And of course, spending hours dreaming up ways to have fun with Buddy.  Who knows, I might even learn to relax!

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