This page is dedicated to all those who aspire to be cool parents. My four-year old thinks I am the coolest dad around right now. But I know for sure that he will change his mind around the time I stop learning and improving myself!

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Inspire Your Child, Inspire the World by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

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Here are some of my favourite songs about father/mother and son/daughter (and vice versa) relationships that are really beautiful... They remind us not to take our loved ones for granted! 

 

"Cat's In The Cradle"

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, Dad
I don't know when, but we'll get together then
You know we'll have a good time then

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 but his smile never dimmed
And said, "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, Dad
I don't know when, but 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
"Son, 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, Dad
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 said, "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 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 in the moon
When you comin' home son
I don't know when, but we'll get together then, Dad
We're gonna have a good time then

 

 

"Papa"

Everyday my papa would work
To try to make ends meet
To see that we would eat
Keep those shoes upon my feet
Every night my papa would take me
And tuck me in my bed
Kiss me on my head
After all my prayers were said
And there were years
Of sadness and of tears
Through it all
Together we were strong
We were strong
Times were rough
But Papa he was tough
Mama stood beside him all along

Growing up with them was easy
The time had flew on by
The years began to fly
They aged and so did I
And I could tell
That mama she wasn't well
Papa knew and deep down so did she
So did she
When she died
Papa broke down and he cried
And all he could say was, "God, why her? Take me!"
Everyday he sat there sleeping in a rocking chair
He never went upstairs
Because she wasn't there

Then one day my Papa said,
"Son, I'm proud of how you've grown"
He said, "Go out and make it on your own.
Don't worry. I'm O.K. alone."
He said, "There are things that you must do"
He said, "There's places you must see"
And his eyes were sad as he
As he said goodbye to me

Every time I kiss my children
Papa's words ring true
He said, "Children live through you.
Let them grow! They'll leave you, too"
I remember every word Papa used to say
I kiss my kids and pray
That they'll think of me
Oh how I pray
They will think of me
That way
Someday

 

 

"Father And Son"

 

 

Father
It's not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to know.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.

I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,
To be calm when you've found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.

Son
How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again.
It's always been the same, same old story.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.

Father
It's not time to make a change,
Just sit down, take it slowly.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to go through.
Find a girl, settle down,
if you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.

Son
All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it.
If they were right, I'd agree, but it's them you know not me.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.

 

"Forever Young"
(originally by Bob Dylan)

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you. 

May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
And may you stay forever young. 

Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the light surrounding you. 

May you always be courageous
Stand up right and be as strong
And may you stay forever young. 

Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift. 

May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay forever young. 

Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

May you grow up righteous and true, 
See the light surrounding you
May you grow up righteous and true, 
See the light surrounding you
May you...

Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

 

追憶
作詞:林振強
作曲:林子祥
編曲:鐘定一

童年在那泥路裡伸頸看一對耍把戲藝人
搖動木偶令到它打觔斗 使我開心拍著手
然而待戲班離去之後我問
為何木偶不留低一絲足印
為何為何曾共我一起的像時日總未逗留
從前在那炎夏裡的暑假 跟我爸爸笑著行
沿途談談來日我的打算 首次跟他喝啖酒
然而自他離去之後我問
為何夏變得如冬一般灰暗
為何為何曾共我一起的像時日總未逗留

從前共你 朦朧夜裡
躺於星塵背後
難明白你 為何別去
留下空空的一個地球
徘徊悠悠長路裡 今天我知道始終要獨行
閒來回頭回望去 追憶去 邊笑邊哭邊喝啖酒
然而就算哭仍暗私下慶幸
時日在我心留低許多足印
從前從前曾共我一起的 現仍在心裡逗留

從前誰曾燃亮我的心 始終一生在心內逗留