It is almost impossible not to mention the death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. Every news station is blasting the same awfully shocking headline.
I am not going to repeat that has been said millions times today. Yes, he was a legend. Yes, he was an international mega-star. Yes, he had his share of troubles. And yes, he was a parent! That is what concerns me.
I don't know if he is a biological father to his children, what the deal is with the artificial insemination and the surrogate mom from Europe. The bottom line is he is the only parent those children had. He was their EVERYTHING.
Different articles I read today say that he was a good parent and had a great relationship with his children he hadn't had with his father. I see that. Books, museums, travelling around the world... It is all wonderful. But I don't really agree that the children are "normal" children. How can you be normal if you don't go to school, don't have your childhood friends, do not socialize with your peers at all and walk around in public all masked up? I am not saying it is right or wrong. Who am I to judge? I am not a super-star dealing with paparazzi and media 24/7. I honestly do not know if that was or wasn't the best for Michael Jackson's children.
What bothers me now is that the man who meant the world for those kids is gone. I am sure we will be witnessing custody battles and court hearings very soon. Whoever gets the custody will have to try to create a new family environment or replace Michael. The latter is impossible, so can you imagine what the children are going to face and go through? Already going through! Devastating! I wouldn't wish anybody to trade their places with those poor children.
I do wish them the best. Children should never be affected by mistakes and misfortunes caused by adults but they are always the first ones who get stuck right in the circumstances. I do wish them to become well-adjusted members of our society even though I know it will take a while. I do wish them to get what they were missing on because their father's fame. And I do wish them to remember their father, Michael Jackson, the way they knew him not the way the media is portraying him.
We are all human. I think there is more to the story of Michael Jackson than we hear about. Let's remember people for their achievements and accomplishment not for their shortcomings and mistakes.