Tech gadgets add a new wrinkle to Cat’s in the Cradle message

Posted By on February 13, 2017

A lousy, but socially needed, "Music Monday" message:

While eating lunch at Wendy’s over the weekend, I notice a father and his young son spending time together for lunch as well. "Nice," I thought … until the all to often happened. The dad’s attention was drawn to his cellphone … CatsCradleDadSon170211to the point he gave ZERO attention to his son — such a shame (although expect we all are guilty to some degree). The shock for me was not the momentary distraction, but that the dad completely ignored his son without ever once looking up. He pecked away on his phone and never once gave his son even a glance. I was shocked he never looked away from his phone and even when the by "politely" tapped his arm he only acknowledging him verbally without looking up.

I first felt sorry for the boy … then for the dad … and then for our "too busy, technology saturated and distracted" society. How have smartphones, tablets, games and tech gadgets distracted you and exacerbated another generations Cat’s in the Cradle? It is an epidemic problem.

    Cat’s In The Cradle | Harry Chapin – 1974

 

[Verse:]
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 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."
[Chorus:]
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and The Man In The Moon.
"When ya comin’ home, Dad?"
"I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then."
[Verse 2:]
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 okay."
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed.
He said "I’m gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I’m gonna be like him."
[Chorus:]
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and The Man In The Moon.
"When ya comin’ home, Dad?"
"I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then."
[Verse 3:]
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? "
[Chorus:]
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and The Man In The Moon.
"When ya comin’ home, son?"
"I don’t know when, we’ll get together then, Dad,
You know we’ll have a good time then."
[Verse 4:]
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 could find the time.
You see, my new job’s a hassle and the 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.
[Chorus:]
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and The Man In The Moon.
"When ya comin’ home son?"
"I don’t know when, we’ll get together then, Dad,
We’re gonna have a good time then."

Comments

  • x

    very disturbing trend.i see it often.

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.