Somewhere along the way to yesterday, I missed the fact that Michael Jackson's body hadn't been laid to rest. It just never occurred to me that his family would have waited for ten weeks to grant him his final resting place. What in the world took them so long?
Being curious, I went to Ask.com and typed in, "Why did it take ten weeks to bury Michael Jackson?" I received over seven million responses, including an Ask Encyclopedia biography on Michael Jackson and, strangely enough, a link to Quaker Oats Life Cereal. Did you know Quaker Oats made Life Cereal? I didn't, but I don't read cereal boxes very often. Since there was no way I was going to read the websites of the seven million responses, I decided to check out the headlines on three news sites: CNN, Fox and Yahoo.
From the title of the Yahoo article, I found out that the people there cried. Really? It was a funeral. Okay, maybe I'm being a little harsh.
According to CNN, the reason for the delay in burial was “division among family members.” Also, according to CNN, “Katherine Jackson would make the final decision.” How in the world could you fight amongst yourselves for ten weeks, denying your brother his final resting place? Can't they get along?
I feel bad for his children. First, they have lost their father, which is a blow, and then they have to wait ten weeks for their final goodbye. It's bad enough that they will probably hear more horrible things about their father in the coming weeks and months, as the Los Angeles Police Department continues its criminal investigation. I hope that Mrs. Jackson will be able to shield them from much of it.
I should mention what I learned from Fox News: Al Sharpton Twittered (tweeted?) at least once about the event. I would say that is in poor taste, but it's becoming more and more popular. A Time Magazine reporter did it during Teddy Kennedy's funeral (I know because I followed his tweets), and I did it, but from my couch. I wonder if that's how celebrities and politicians will know they've made it – when someone twitters their funeral. I wonder if someone will twitter mine.
Getting back to Michael Jackson, I sincerely hope that he finds peace in the afterlife. I pray that his children have a good life and aren't scarred by losing their father at such a young point in their lives.