They Grow Up So Fast

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Today’s song was recommended by Kim Graybill, a FACS teacher from East Juniata High School.  Kim suggested several very appropriate songs for the FACS Soundtrack Project.  Thanks so much, Kim!

The song is Cat’s In the Cradle by Harry Chapin and the message would be so applicable to a child development, parenting or family relations curriculum.  You may not have heard the song recently, so pay careful attention to the lyrics.  Very thought-provoking and profound.

The lyrics to this song are based on Chapin’s own parenting experience.

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 son
I don’t know when, we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

Well 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 and smiled and he said ya know
"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, 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
"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
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’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 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

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, we’ll get together then
We’re gonna have a good time then :|| (repeat)

Well, that wraps up the first week of the FACS Soundtrack Project.  Hope you’re finding these songs useful in enriching your lessons.  Have a great Tuesday!

Ramona

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