Sunday, June 19, 2011

Music: Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin

My father never wanted me to be a writer. It was (and presumably, remains) too impractical. I grew up in the sort of household where it was expected that I would be a doctor, a lawyer, maybe even a teacher.

Even with our ideological differences, I turned out a lot like my father. Some of my strongest personality traits could only have come from him and the patriarchal side of my family. It's often been a great inspiration to me in writing, ironically. I could probably bore you with all sorts of anecdotal evidence.

After all, we are all - one way or the other - our father's children.

Happy Father's Day.


  1. I've always loved this song....It's a reminder to those who really listen to the words....first... time moves on ~ fast in hindsite.... and second... We kind of become what we've known......even in fighting it and trying to be who we are individually.... We inherently have a part that is them... our parents...
    Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing Father's Day... xo

  2. This song has struck home to me for decades. Maybe there's no idealized father/son relationship, but it doesn't mean that I can't persevere, be the best I can be and try. Thank you, Songbird.


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