michael lives on



Briggs discovered Michael Jackson’s music literally two days before he passed this summer. Since then we rarely listened to anything else. It is as if I am reliving my teen years all over again. In fact, Briggs even has a small poster of Michael in his bedroom (a young, handsome Michael, pre-plastic). The Michael Jackson fan club has trickled down among the younger siblings.

So this is the conversation I had with Gage as we are sitting at lunch today.

GAGE:
So was Michael Jackson murdered?

ME:
Ah…well not really. Someone contributed to his death but he was not murdered.

GAGE:
Was he on druggies?

ME:
Yeah…he had a problem.

GAGE:
What was his problem.

ME:
Well, he was sad and no hugged him.

GAGE:
If you would have pointed him out I would have hugged him. Where was his wife? Does he have kids?

ME:
He didn’t have a wife but he had three children.

GAGE:
So why didn’t they hug him to make him not feel sad.

ME:
They probably did hug him but he was still sad.

GAGE:
Do you think I could be a singer when I turn 17?

ME:
Sure, I bet you would be a good singer.

GAGE:
I think I would need to change me name.

ME:
CHANGE YOUR NAME! To what?

GAGE:
Gage Michael Jackson Stoner. Do you want to see some of my moves?

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