The Cat's in the Cradle and the Silver Spoon

Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is a travel enthusiast, empty-nest mom to two young adult children, athlete, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife of almost three decades (to the same wonderful man!), and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. Kristen has been crafting professional estate plans for Floridians and their families for over 28 years.

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“You must be so happy to have Jill home for Spring Break,” a client commented last week.


“Well, not really,” I replied. “I’ve seen her once briefly and nary a call or text since.”


At least when she’s at school, she usually texts or calls me daily on her way to class. A photo of her and her friends, an email or something.


But last week? Zilch, nada, nothin’.




I get it. She’s with her friends (eleven on them from college plus catching up with high school friends) but it still stings for dear ole’ mom.


Reminds me of the vintage (as I get older, I prefer the word “vintage” to “old” ha ha) Harry Chapin song, “Cat’s in the Cradle.”


“And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man in the moon

When you coming home, son?

I don’t know when

But we’ll get together then

You know we’ll have a good time then”


My son, on the other hand, will be a captive audience later this week when we embark on our college road trip 2.0. Three colleges, 1,300 miles, and 22 hours in the car in four days.


Drew can’t ignore me for four days, right? I may be underestimating him. He is a teenage boy after all.


Jill did redeem herself the night before she left by stopping by the house to give me a hug, thank us, and say good-bye. Even my son came out of his room when he heard Jill and her friends come in. Guess he did miss her after all.


It’s inevitable. Kids grow up and they (at least think they) outgrow their parents.


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