A mother’s love transcends time and space. Her maternal instincts are extraordinary and divine in nature, so regardless of a child’s behavior the only one that truly understands, wholly, that child, would be the woman who gave him or her life. My own mother has shared wisdom with me over the years that has always revealed itself at the “right” moment in time and my mental recollection kicks in causing a warmth to infiltrate my heart, because I can remember where I was when she told me. Regardless of how educated I become, or how much success I attain in this life, I know that I can never surpass or outgrow the love that my mother has for me, her child.
When I finally sat down to view the DVR recording of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Katherine Jackson, I went in with an open heart and mind, fueled by my personal experiences with my own mother. Oprah’s interview was conducted at the Jackson complex in Encino, outside beneath the sunny Southern California skies, and Katherine Jackson, dressed in blue never looked more lovely. Her trademark locks were styled the same as they have been styled over the years, and as always she exuded a kindness and elegance of a mother unfazed by wealth and fame.
Much of the interview was filled with questions about her late son, the iconic Michael Jackson, and some of them added salt to an open wound that will take time to heal. Her grief about the loss of her famous son still lingers relentlessly, and there were moments that she apologized for getting emotional, but Oprah would console her by placing her hand on top of hers, assuring her that apologizes were not necessary.
Mrs Jackson stated during the interview that she still sometimes hears Michael’s laughter in her mind, and that there isn’t a day that passes that she doesn’t think about him. She said that she remembered when he used to dance to the rhythm of an old washing machine that they had back when the family lived in Gary Indiana, and knew during moments such as those that music was part of his soul.
As remarkable as Michael was, she also reflected on those instances when Michael would say to her that he was ugly, and that he didn’t like to look in the mirror at himself. She then went onto say that she remembered the first time that he had plastic surgery; he didn’t tell her where he was going because he didn’t want her to try and talk him out of getting his first nose job. As she shared her memories of Michael’s insecurities and his actions to perfect what he saw as imperfections with his appearance, she did so without any judgment.
When Oprah inquired about the alleged beatings that Michael claimed to have endured, his father, Joe, who was also seated at the table beside his wife, skated around the answer, and it was Katherine who responded confirming that there were times when a belt would be taken to discipline the children, but she added that back then it wasn’t uncommon for children to be disciplined in that fashion, which Oprah concurred with. Joe added that it was because of his strict ways that none of their children spent any time incarcerated as a result of getting into trouble.
On another note, both Joe and Katherine confirmed that they were still married and not divorced, to clear up all of the speculations and rumors about their relationship. It was yet another reminder that people cannot go by what they hear or read in the tabloids, because most of it is all fabricated, and that is what Michael endured for far too much of his life.
Michael’s children Prince, Katherine, and Blanket were also present at the latter part of the interview and they along with some of the other grandchildren were asked questions by Oprah. One of the more touching moments was when, Katherine, Michael’s daughter answered the question about her most memorable time spent with her famous dad. She said it was when they would spend their alone time, without her brothers, on the rooftop of the Vegas mansion that they lived in, eating candy and looking at the bright lights of the strip. Prince said that his was when they would take early morning walks on the beach, and Blanket, well he was a bit camera shy during the interview, but he is the spitting image of his famous dad.
Michael’s memory will never die, because the music he left behind has captured the very essence of who he was as a consummate entertainer in life. His legacy continues in the form of his beautiful children and his talented nieces and nephews who made it known that they all want careers associated with the entertainment world and, with the same blood as Michael’s running through their veins, you know that greatness is within them.
Author, G. D. Grace
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