Today is Father's Day in Australia. As I was driving home from church, I was listening to Harry Chapin's 1974 hit, Cat's in the Cradle. The song tells the story of a father who is always too busy with work to spend time with his son. Years later when his son has grown up and moved away, he regrets that he never spent time with him, and now it's too late. His son has a family of his own, and is too busy to see his father.
The song profoundly observes that sons of absent fathers often turn out to be absent fathers to their own children. Things can be changed if they take deliberate action to break the cycle.
Fathers matter. Fathers and mothers aren't interchangeable. Each plays a complimentary, and equally important role in raising children. Whether by circumstances of life, or deliberate actions by adults, I feel for any son who has to grow up or transition to adulthood without a father.