I also had a pink t-shirt that had his cute little face on it! Needless to say, I wore that thing everywhere I went! Cuz, yall' know.... Michael was the Man!
How MANY memories do I have of him?! I sang his songs with both my eyes closed and I sang while trying to "Break dance" across my bedroom floor. I sang "Man in the Mirror" ALL the flipping way to Bear Lake, in the back of my Sisters pickup with my nephew Josh! We sang it so much that each time we started it up again we just started laughing! I honestly couldn't tell you how we didn't fall out of the truck!
And remember "Free Willie"? Josh and I would sing that like we had made some sort of Drastic religious transformation! We would clap like we were in a church choir deep in the South and we wailed it! But then, we made a fatal error. My nephew started chanting "Go Willie, Go Willie, Go Willie!" And then, out of no where, my Sister Suzy T, whipped the car off the road, slammed on her brakes and said. "That is a special song! I don't want you guys making fun of it anymore!" EEEEERRRRT! We didn't Sass my Sis!
And then, introducing the life long KING OF POP career to my kids. It was like they hadn't heard anything so great as the Jackson Five! It played all day long. My kids made up dances and sprang to life at the mere start of "ABC 123"!
Oh, How MANY times I put my kids in their place with their new short lived artists! "This is NO Michael Jackson" I would correct. I got a certain amount of pride at saying that. He was mine! Not that my kids didn't listen to the same music and not that they didn't LOVE him too, but I was there! I saw him "Moon Walk", I witnessed the transformation of the WORLD because of him! And I breathed it all in like it was MAGIC! And I felt the loss deeply yesterday. As a million memories flooded my mind like clusters of tiny butterflies fluttering through the years. His music at various times in my life and his influence, where I was and what I was doing at that moment.
So.... YEP, I'm a fan! I have been for years! I will be forever!