Dad sings ballad of regret over his parenting
Dear Amy: I am a 71-year-old man, retired and happily married for 44 years.
We have a son, age 45, and a daughter, age 43.
Do you remember the Harry Chapin song "Cat's in the Cradle"? That song describes our relationship with our son perfectly.
When I was working, it was go, go, go -- lots of travel, building for the future.
When I was home, I thought I gave enough of my time to my son and daughter, but looking back -- maybe not.
Today, our son is very successful, but, just like me, it is go, go, go -- he is always at work.
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He and his family live 2,500 miles away. We try to see them at least twice a year. In the interim, the only time we have with them is a once-a-month Skype session with our grandchildren.
Our relationship with our daughter and her family, who live within a three-hour drive, is much closer.
I want a closer relationship with our son, but I just do not know how to draw us closer. Any suggestions?
-- Wayward Dad