Cat Stevens in the cradle

My phone has three voice mail messages from my sister. I decide I had better call back.

I’m glad I did. It is a legitimate emergency.

“Do you know who sings Cat’s in the Cradle?”

Of course I do. “Harry Chapin,” I say. This is correct, but it is apparently not the right answer.

“Nooooo! Who is Harry Chapin?! How do you know that? It should be Cat Stevens!”

It turns out she has always believed that Cat’s in the Cradle was a Cat Stevens song, but when she shared this mistaken opinion with my two music-obsessed nephews, she had, in time-honored tradition, been thoroughly mocked.

She has decided to redeem her reputation by proving that most people think the song is by Cat Stevens. She is about to be surprised.

Her first call is to Quinland.

“Which of these singers sang Cat’s in the Cradle?” Four choices are given, including Harry Chapin and Cat Stevens.

Q’s response? “I have no idea who actually sings it, but I know it’s not Cat Stevens.” Strike one!

After David and I complete the inning with strikes two and three, she gives up (although she is still convinced that everyone else on earth thinks it’s Cat Stevens, and not some other random guy no one has heard of).

We, meanwhile, happily start scouring the internet for trivial facts about Harry Chapin.

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