Cat’s In the Cradle, #412


Phew!  I am so glad the drop off for the 1st day of school is now behind me.  I am glad, because I didn’t fall into a gazillion pieces and shatter right there on the sidewalk in front of my children and all their peers and parents.  I am glad, because I know they are in good hands with great teachers in an excellent school district.  I am glad, because I can now move on with my day.

Here’s the thing though.  I am replaying every moment, and even though I didn’t shatter right there in front of my kids, I’m on the edge, and it could happen at any time today.  Let me put this morning in reverse for all of you.  Here’s how it went down.

Before leaving the house, the kids posed for the annual 1st day of school photos.

My big Kindergartener:

My big 2nd Grader:

The two of them so excited:



We are so fortunate that we can walk to school every morning.  Here’s my husband and the kids crossing with Dave, the crossing guard.

Feeling a little shy, my boy was so happy to find a good buddy from preschool.

The future is bright!  Here’s my boy with his kindergarten teacher.  Doesn’t she look like the sweetest lady?

My daughter was quick to sit down in her seat in her classroom.

She is so happy her BFF from 1st grade is in her class again this year!

You can see that it was a great morning, and I am sitting here at my desk thinking of all the days ahead.  I am daydreaming of all they will learn and the positive experiences they will soak up.  I want these two kids to have amazing futures, and today, at this very moment, the sky is the limit.

They are growing up before my eyes, and I am feeling so sentimental today as I watched them both take a giant leap forward.  It is so important to really appreciate these days and spend as much time with them as I can, and on this first day of school, I can’t help but think of the song “Cat’s In Cradle” by Harry Chapin.  It is a song about growing up and about a father whose son grew up without him in his life.  The father looks back filled with regret wishing he would have spent so much more time with his son.  I am using the song as my song of the day and as a reminder to give my kids everything I’ve got and never to forget these precious moments.  They are amazing children, and they deserve the very best of everything the world has to offer.  Check out the Youtube link and for your gentle reminder, too, and please be kind to me today, as I’m an emotional mess filled with so much hope!   

“Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin:


About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

2 responses »

    • I grew up on “Cat’s in the Cradle,” but the message is so much deeper as a parent than when I was a kid at summer camp. It was really running through my mind today when I dropped my youngest off at kindergarten. I couldn’t help but wonder how the preschool years flew byso quickly. So bittersweet! Thanks for reading my blog!!!

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