With all the logistics that had to be put together within the last week, I would have thought yesterday’s memorial for Michael Jackson would have been a disaster in the making.
Yesterday proved me wrong.
The two and a half hour send off for the “King of Pop” turned out to be his greatest concert of all. It was a fitting end to an incredible life, filled with triumph and tragedy.
Most heartbreaking was the sudden remarks at the end of the service by Michael’s daughter, Paris. Normally shielded from public eye through most of their lives, she said to the audience fighting back tears, “…ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine, and I just want to say that I love him so much.”
It showed that he was not just a pop icon, but simply a human figure who loved his kids dearly. As the Rev. Al Sharpton said in comments to his kids, “There weren’t nothing strange about your daddy, it was strange what your daddy had to deal with but he dealt with it.”
It was Michael’s message of love through his music, his charity and his children that will live forever.