“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
I’m not a fan girl, but anybody who grew up in the eighties lived through this phenomenon, and today is a sad day, I think.
I remember creating dance routines with neighborhood friends to this album and charging our parents (and anyone else we could con into coughing up the dough) a quarter each to see us perform one late summer afternoon. I also remember being terrified of the Thriller video, especially at the end when his eyes turn green and creepy.
He certainly defied the norm, to put it mildly, particularly in the last 15 years or so, but life could not have been easy for him, even before that. I hope he’s at peace now, and I wish his children and family solace in what is sure to be an incredibly difficult and trying time.