Family: Hanging out with my daughter

The first time I heard Cat’s in the Cradle, I was in my late teens or early twenties, and although it would be many years before I had a child of my own I made a mental note to pay attention to the message within the lyrics.


It’s important to make time for those you care about… Now as a mom, I can proudly say that I do make time for my daughter but if you think about it, this isn’t just a message for parents. This message can be applied to everyone who has loved ones. Quit taking them for granted. Tell them how important they are, and quit putting off spending time with them. Make the effort and just make that time!

It wasn’t until years later that I learned that Harry Chapin died in a car accident on July 16, 1981. I must say that I hoped that his song was purely a reminder of what would happen if he didn’t spend time with his own children. I do find it interesting that most of the musicians that I would love to see in concert; Harry Chapin, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Eubie Blake, etc., are no longer with us.


This weekend, my daughter wants to go to the mall. Can I just say I dislike malls… but since it’s something she likes I’ll take her and enjoy the time that we spend… together. 🙂

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I used this song to teach my students in school – I was an English teacher. Very good song, really meaningful message – love it!
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