CHICAGO, November 8, 2011 — She spent the morning taking care of her life. Conrad Murray’s fate was nowhere near her radar.
Her own health issues, as well as those of her child, were tended to as much as possible. It was Monday, which meant spending the morning chasing the dust mites out of the kids’ room.
Last night’s dinner dishes were still waiting patiently, but the vacuum was anxious to get started on the living room carpets. And while it would be nice to use the internet later, the repair man really put her behind schedule. The last of the bedding was being put back in places, the mountain of clothes to fold loomed from the other room.
It was a blessing having the house to herself today, but it was too quiet.
Soon a reporter on an afternoon TV news magazine added background noise. She was only paying enough attention to know that a Penn State assistant coach was involved in a child molestation investigation.
Then came the excited voices: “We interrupt this program to bring you a special announcement!
The verdict was in on Michael Jackson’s doctor’s trial.
They interrupted a story about an accused child molester to bring us an announcement concerning the death of a pop-star with his own past alleged, and never proven, accusations?
It seemed to be just a bit too much for one moment.
Ok, Ok, before the hate mail comes, Michael Jackson was much more than his detractors claimed he was. He was a musical genius. He added sparkle and charm and joy to an often-dreary world.
And he’s gone. Hopefully, the guilty verdict will bring a sense of justice and closure to Jackson’s family and fans, but it will not bring him back.
The woman heard Latoya Jackson shriek as they replayed the moment the verdict was read. She leaned on the side of the bunk bed and realized that at that moment there were some very happy people in California and around the world.
And yet she could not forget that there are some very sad people around the world. Children are starving in Darfur. Acid is being tossed in the faces of women in India. Since March, 3,500 people in Syria have died when that government decided dissent should be dealt with by force.
Perhaps the guilty verdict meant something; perhaps it didn’t. Michael Jackson is gone, but his music will live forever. Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, will be punished, but his damage will never be undone.
And at this moment in time all over the world, people are crying and people are laughing. And none of it affected what needed to be done in her world today. She was done cleaning the bedroom. She turned the TV off and walked away. On to whatever waited in the next room.
She spent the afternoon taking care of her life. Conrad Murray fate was no where near her radar.
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