Thursday, June 25, 2009

what a day!

June 25, 2009
a day of joy, and sorrow.

We celebrated Jake's 19th birthday today. Wow! It's hard to believe that my baby boy is 19 years old. Wasn't it just yesterday that I was holding his hand as we crossed the street? I guess not. It just seems like it. It's been nineteen years of amazing memories and watching him grow up to be the wonderful young man he is. Happy Birthday Jake.

But, in the future, when I think of this date, it probably won't be Jake's 19th birthday that I think about. It will be the two celebrities that passed away today. Farrah Faucet and Michael Jackson.

Many are mourning the death of these two iconic figures, but many others could care less. I understand this. This group would include those who don't follow the lives of celebrities, or are not interested in the music industry, or are just too young to appreciate who these two people were and what they contributed to their respective industries.

It's not that I'm some big follower of celebrities or a personal fan of either one that has me mourning each death. It's the fact that each one was a part of my early years, and because of that, they have impacted my life.

Farrah Faucet became part of my world when she played one of Charlie's Angels on the popular TV show in 1976. I was a teenager and watched the show religiously. It was a time when women's roles on TV were changing from the Harriet Nelson and Carol Brady types to more of the young, modern characters; roles I could relate to. Farrah Faucet was young, beautiful, brave and funny. Young (and old) men weren't the only ones that admired her. Young women just had a different reason to.

I remember seeing Michael Jackson performing with his older brothers, as the group The Jackson 5, when I was quite young. He was just a boy, a boy the same age as I was since he was only a year older than me. They would occasionally perform on the Andy Williams show, or some other variety show that my parents used to watch. I watched him grow up and become an amazing musician and entertainer. I had some of his music and played it and danced to it at parties and get-togethers. Yes, his life was marred by controversy, but no one can deny the talent he had and how much he contributed to popular music. He was, and will always be, the king of pop(ular).

Both Farrah and Michael were rare individuals, bigger than life, who changed their world and the world around them. I join thousands of other mourners because that world included me.


Just Mom said...

They were also a part of my youth, which I think is why I was in shock when I heard the news.

I've got to tell you, neither Farrah nor Michael were my favorites in their respective industries when I was growing up, but you can't deny that both had an incredible amount of talent.

Just Mom said...

Oh! Happy Birthday, Jake. :-)

Jamey said...

What a crazy day!! When they played the music of Charlie's brought back memories! And then to see the Jackson 5 performing!! I was born in the early 70's so both of these people were big to myself and my parents. We watched Charlie's Angels all the time!! And as a young kid and a teenager I loved Michael Jackson!! No matter what you think of him and the controversy of his life he will be missed! As will Farrah Fawcett! Very sad!

Karen said...

Happy birthday, Jake:)

All the news reports today, of Michael Jackson and Farrah in their earlier days, brings back lots of memories for me.

Karen said...

Both of those two were major parts of my life growing up. Charlie's Angels was THE show! Everyone had her poster. And The Jackson 5. I remember dancing in elementary school through high school to them. And then when he hit the charts again with Billie Jean - then Thriller - man. For some reason both of these hit us hard too.
Maybe it's because they were of my era? Does that mean I'm getting old? Somehow I don't think 50 is old - Course when I'm 90 I'll probably say the same thing! LOL. It is just unbelievable to me that these two people are now gone. Wow.

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday to Jake :)

MJ had more of an influence on me growing up. But I can respect the talent that Farrah had.

barb said...

Love the quote. It's a "keeper."

Your blog will resonate with many of your readers, including me. I always loved his "moon walk."

Carolyn said...

I know exactly how you feel with your "baby" turning 19. I felt the same way when mine turned 18 in February. The years have flown by, and yet, remembering the days when he was a baby, seem like a lifetime ago.

Just as with the passing of Farrah and Michael. I loved the Jackson 5 (and Donny Osmond and David Cassidy) growing up. Being the same age, brings the reminder of mortality and to remember to live each day to the fullest because you never know when it may be your last.

As if I have been needed to remember that lately [grin}. No apology needed. Thank you for stopping by and leaving the comment when you did. Yesterday was a particular "down" day for me, so your timing was spot on, OK? Please note the "new" address with this comment. As I stated in one of my entries today, everything is so uncertain right now, but I think most of my blogs are going to go away. I feel scattered and overwhelmed. This layout brought me a sense of peace, and Blogger is free. So, did some switching over and importing ... and well... this is where I will be, if you care to follow along:)

Again, your timing was perfect, and part of this journey that I have been swept away on is to reconnect in many areas...and that include blog friends, which I consider you one. So, its a 2 way street, and I haven't visited for awhile either. But I plan on changing that:)

Amber said...

I think they were a part of many of our lives. I can't say either really impacted mine but it is always interesting to hear what people say about them after the fact.