At the time when he suddenly passed I, like so many other people, was shocked to hear the news. I was glued to the TV and constantly checking out TMZ to find out what was happening. It seemed like there was no news other than Michael Jackson.
My husband told me, "don't worry. Before you know it, everyone's going to forget and it won't be news anymore."
At the time I thought that comment was absurd. This was such big news it seemed like nothing else would ever matter, at least not for a very long time.
But sure enough, it has been so freakin' long that they have had him on ice that, even though this is the big day, it no longer seems like news.
It really is such a shame that all the scandals and family fighting would have him just lying there.
My husband felt the most for Michael's mother, Katherine. In my husband's first marriage he had a son that was killed in a car accident when he was only 14. A parent's worst nightmare. Knowing all too well what a parent goes through, he was angry at the Jackson family and all their bickering that would put Michael's poor, long suffering mother through this.
"Let the woman just bury her son," he said.
And so now, all the international hoopla aside, a mother can finally bury her son.
Rest in peace.