“What Is A Dad?”
A dad is a person
Who is loving and kind,
And often he knows
What you have on your mind.
He’s someone who listens,
suggests and defends
A dad can be one
of your very best friends;
He’s proud of your triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient
and helpful and strong.
In all that you do,
a dad’s love plays a part
There’s always a place for him
deep in your heart
And each year that passes,
you’re even more glad,
More grateful and proud
just to call him your dad;
Thank you Dad…
for listening and caring,
for giving and sharing,
but especially for just being you;
“I have lots of memories of my father.”
“We were privileged because we had our dad and we had our house that we were living in. We knew he was a singer. I guess I got used to it. It just seemed normal to me at the time.
“He was an incredible father. We all loved him to death. He had that good energy where you just didn’t want to leave. Like, you’re always just comfortable with him.”.
“Literally every time he would leave the room I’d say: “I love you, because I’d be scared of what could happen. You know, I’ve seen way too many movies.”
“He wanted the best for us. He always made sure we were healthy. He made sure we stuck to school. He’d try to educate us as much as he could and was always looking out for us.”
“He was very protective. The masks were his idea. He didn’t want anyone to see what we looked like. That way we could have what he didn’t, which was a normal childhood.”
“My dad taught me how to dance. I would always dance. And yes, he did teach me the moonwalk. Our central place was his room. It was just me and my brothers and him. It wasn’t huge.
‘Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. I just wanted to say I love him so much.
Note from Paris to Michael: “Dear Daddy, I love you so much & I’m so glad I got a goodnight hug. Sleep well, I love you & good night. I’ll see you tomorrow! XOX Goodnight. Lots of love, Paris Jackson.”
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“I cried and cried. It’s beautiful there. It still has good energy. I think it should be restored to how it used to be, so that the children who couldn’t have a childhood could have fun there. That was his goal – like kids in hospital. They should restore all the rides and everything. As soon as I’m an adult, I am on it. Count on it.”
“That was just the place we would stay, the nucleus of the family. His room had such good energy so that’s why it was always more comfortable there.”
Often, as she recalls, she and her family were far from this nucleus, travelling on faraway legs of her father’s concerts.
“We were used to being on the road. He’d try making the hotels we’d stay in like home. He had this little projector that he’d bring around, and he’d take a white sheet off the bed and he’d pin it up.
“Then he’d put pillows all over the ground and we’d watch DVDs and movies all the time. We had our own home theatre. It was really cool.
“When I was little, the masks were annoying,” he said. “It was hot and the feathers were always in my face but now that I’m older, I understand why he did it.”
School: “He wanted to know what we were learning, He wanted to know how we were doing in school and how we could better the world.”
“Most my work ethics I learned from my dad.”
“I don’t think he ever sat and did nothing, we were always running, exercising, he would teach me how to drive,”
“My dad was always optimistic,”
“I’m looking to become well-rounded as a producer, director, screenwriter and actor.”
“I’ve been raised around stuff like this so it was different being the interviewer instead of the one being interviewed.”
“Dad said you should give back to community and help as best as you can,
When it was commented that he seems much older and wiser than 16, Prince replied, “That’s what most of my people say. That was all thanks to my dad. He raised me right.”
Prince and his father wrote a lot of screenplays. “My dad taught me how to write scripts, helped me unlock thinking with the right side of my brain.” The two would watch movies without sound to study visuals/shots. “We watched the sound afterwards and he would show how the sound could actually make or break the movie,”
Director Peter Jackson: “I love his movies: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and King Kong. I just love the way he shoots. I used to study his movies with my dad, put the volume off and just watch it, just the shots to see how he put it together.”
“He wanted us to always be what we wanted to be, just be greater at it than anyone else had ever been.”
“After the criminal case there were some complications in the house from the police, I guess they ruined the house for him.” “When my dad bought the house, and built it, he built it for the kids he wanted to have, he built it for us,”
“We only went there [amusement park and zoo] for special occasions, because my dad wanted us to remain humble.”
“Me and my sister don’t celebrate birthdays, it was something we did with our dad.”
“Blanket was so young [when Michael died], my brother is still growing up like I am, he doesn’t have a dad to tell him what’s right and wrong,”
Prince said he wished his father was here to be with him during the first day of school, talk about his first girlfriend, being able to drive and see his awards and honors. “We have someone, but it’s just not the same.”
”She was my dad’s princess. She definitely is dealing with [his death] in her own way.”
“Nothing will ever be the same. I can’t sleep at night. I have a hard time sleeping. For a while after he died, I became emotionally distant from a lot of people.”