“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”...Michael Jackson
To this day, it still takes my breath away, when I read something, that mentions Michael Jackson, in the past tense.
It is still unbelievable to me, that he is gone. There are those moments, the mere thought of it, still takes my breath away.
How can it be possible, that someone , who has always been part of my life, not be here, anymore? I have not experienced , one significant life event or memory, that Michael and his music, has not been part of:
Hearing “I want you Back” on the radio for the first time with my 5 childhood friends, watching the Jackson 5 on the Ed Sullivan show with the entire neighborhood in my living room, My father heading to Madison Square Garden at midnight to buy tickets for his then,10-year old daughter. and then,my first live concert - the Jackson 5 at Madison Square Garden- when I got to shake Michael’s hand, my first kiss with Jackson 5 music playing on the radio , family car trips with Michael’s music playing, My first slow dance , Dancing to Michael’s music at my wedding etc., all of these precious memories are connected to Michael and his music.
Michael has always been part of the fabric of my life.
When, I think back upon the last 12 months, I often try to make sense- So, what is the reason for all this, What is the lesson we should all learn ? .... Like many fans, I turned to the internet on June 25th, 2009. - to get information, to mourn, to talk to other fans, to cry, to scream and to feel connected with anything that had to do with Michael...anything.
The last 12 months have been a roller coaster for fans , some of us took different paths , but we joined forces to fight for justice. We had to do something! It was inconceivable to us, that the most famous man in the world could not receive justice!
But during this journey something truly amazing happened, and I believe that it is Michael’s divine intervention, at work. I have been blessed with Tina and Jakki!
They are truly gifts, sent by Michael. These amazing, fearless women, have taught me patience,love, forgiveness and laughter.
Together, have celebrated each other’s joys - the births of glorious new babies in the family, the end of relationships , holiday celebrations , old careers and the beginning of new ones!
We have share it all- all in the name of LOVE!
We are connected daily via phone,skype,email ,twitter and facebook! We have never met, in person but we are as close as sisters. I thank God for them, everyday!
It was through our grieving , we formed a bond that will never be broken.!
So, in August, the three of us are planning to meet in Ireland. To celebrate friendship , sisterhood and the love of Michael Jackson.
And it is just the beginning of a wonderful tradition, we are planning for each year. A new country, ever year! The 3 Musketeers on the loose - look out world! Tina and Jakki have become my touchstones!
The gifts, have kept coming- there is Erin, Amy, Karlene, Patti and Lisa .It is because of these women, I continue to be blessed!
They are all caring, compassionate and yes, amazing women ! We have planned,skyped,created, tweeted, ustreamed,cried and screamed, together! All with the same goal - Justice for Michael Jackson.
And there are the wonderful MJ-fans, I have the honor and privilege of meeting from our mutual UStream, Twitter and the ACMC and other Facebook groups.
Together, we have supported, argued, respected and honored each other. And it is through those individual acts , we honor Michael Jackson.
So, the lesson learned is that the Power of Michael Jackson, Continues! As he did in life, Michael is still bringing people together .
And what is the most important realization of all - the greatest legacy of Michael Jackson is love!
***UPDATE When I wrote this.... it was heartfelt and important for me to thank the women, who offered me and others a tremendous amount of support. Since, then- as what happens when time passes, some things have shifted as people go on with the daily business of living. Most of us remain in intact, but one ,- Patti has gone on a self-imposed reign of hate towards Michael's fans and some of my friends mentioned in this blog. My first reaction was to remove Patti from this blog, and her comments below. But then, I thought- again. Patti reasons for spreading so much hate is disturbing, the lowest point came - for some "unfeeling" reason - Patti chose 9/11 to attack me and other fans. Questioning our commitment - to those who lost their lives. Her outburst are unwarranted and mean-spirited. Those who know me, Know the impact 9/11 had on me, my family and the people of NYC and the world!
So, in the regard - Patti's self-imposed hatred - should be ignored and we hope that Patti gets the professional help and assistance that she clearly needs.