TV Ad Turns Around the Bad-Dad Story of “Cat’s in the Cradle’

In his 1974 folk song “Cat’s in the Cradle,” Harry Chapin sings about a father who, too late, discovers that his adult son has become just as neglectful of him as he was of the boy growing up.

Among the lyrics:

I’ve long since retired and 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 kid’s got 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

Now, investment firm TDAmeritrade has released a new ad that turns that song on its head, reimagining it with a father who gets it right the first time. With Father’s Day coming up, it’s a great reminder of the vital importance of dads, adoptive dads, foster dads — and spiritual fathers, including good priests — in the lives of children.

It’s an investment that returns endless dividends, even in heaven.

Get some hankies.

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