When I woke up yesterday I had no idea what was in store, it appeared to be your average day, I was excited to start my online scrapbooking class, I did laundry and emptied the dishwasher and ran to the grocery store. I had no idea that Thursday June 25, 2009 would turn into a sad and shocking day in history. I had no idea that the world would lose a great talent and I would lose a significant figure from my childhood. Michael Jackson may have been a lot of things but he was indisputably a true and great talent. I am sure that just about everyone you or I know has heard Thriller and most can sing the lyrics and many know some of the moves from the uber-famous video. I know as kids my sister and I would often pop the VHS tape into the VCR and watch the Thriller Video and the Making of Thriller over and over again. We had Michael Jackson dolls and Michael Jackson Posters and for many years Michael Jackson's face was the first and last I saw each day as I stared at the poster hanging above my bed. As a little girl my sister claimed that she would one day marry Michael Jackson, of course she also planned to marry Boy George but that's another story. I remember singing along to Michael Jackson's 45 records and then later singing "You Are Not Alone" with my friend Shawnah while we made pizzas at Papa John's (my first job)
Yesterday I was appropriately on the phone with my mom when official word came that Michael Jackson was in fact dead and shortly after my sister called from an airport asking what the latest was. I hated to break it to her. I also received text messages from my cousin Kevin remembering all the times we listened to Thriller together. It was actually only a couple of years ago that I re-purchased the Thriller album on CD while with my cousin Kevin. Mike along with his mom and grandmother actually got to meet Michael Jackson back in the days when he visited Orlando and Disney World often. And wow speaking of Michael Jackson and Disney I remember sitting and watching Captain EO at Epcot many many times - what a thrill that attraction was and how ground breaking like so many of the things Michael Jackson did.
I can't mention the sadness of yesterday without also remembering Farrah Fawcett. She fought a long and brave battle with cancer, she was open and honest about this battle and sadly it was a battle she ultimately lost. She will always be remembered. What little girl didn't want to be a Charlie's Angel? Who didn't want Farrah hair? She was another incredible icon in her own right and though her passing was not shocking it is no less sad.
Today is a sad day and the world mourns the loss of a great talent the likes of which the world will probably never see again, and it's sad to think of a life that was filled with so many trials and obviously so much pain. May the King Of Pop finally find peace. Thank you for the ride Michael it was a Thriller!
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