Happy 14th Birthday Paris!

 

“I’ve always wanted a daughter, and all these years I’ve toured I bought all these dolls, and I built a whole room up full of dolls for when I had a daughter, that would be her bedroom. And the first time I brought her in there she was looking at the wall, and she walked right passed it. She likes boy toys, she wants whatever Prince has.”-Michael Jackson

I have run across so many snarky articles where journalists try to say it was “weird” or “bizarre” that Michael kept Paris’s placenta after birth. Yet in many cultures, keeping the placenta is something parents do to symbolize their love for their child. In Cherokee culture, for example, it was traditionally customary to keep and later bury the placenta-all of which, interestingly enough, was the father’s responsibility.

The placenta was buried on the far side of two ridges of mountains by the father or nearest relative.

http://www.manataka.org/page1969.html

But even in modern Western culture, many parents still retain this old tradition. There is nothing “weird” or “bizarre” about loving your child so much that you want to keep something of that connection, for it is through the process of birth that a parent forms their initial bonding process with their child.

Today, Paris Jackson turns 14. She is, by all accounts, a happy and well adjusted teenager who has become an outspoken advocate for her dad’s legacy, and has shown an interest in carrying on his humanitarian efforts. Like her dad, she’s a little bit goofy sometimes-she has his sense of humor, but also, his earnestness as well. When Paris says, “I just want to say one thing…” the world listens. Here is a little photographic journey through the life of Paris Jackson. Enjoy!

A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life.  ~Irish Saying

 

“I want to do what you do, Daddy!”-Paris Jackson

 

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.  ~Author Unknown 
 Being A Perfect Little “Girly Girl”…At Least Until The Camera Crews Leave!
 
 
 
 
In Her Favorite Spot, But Looking Like A Little Grumpy Victorian Lady For The Camera:
 
 
Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter.  In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.  ~Joseph Addison
 
 Still A Tomboy, Paris Loves Playing Sports…Something She Definitely DIDN’T Inherit From Dad!
 
 
 
But Who Does THIS Remind You Of?
 
 
And What About That Smile?
 
 
This Pic Caught My Eye Cause We Have The Exact, Same Poster!
 
 
At Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Ceremony, Earlier This Year
 
 
 
 
 
Looking More And More Grown Up Every Day. Where Does The Time Go?
 
 
Looking back over this journey, it has struck me what is really most sad about all of the later photos. In the ones I chose from her early years, who is always in the photos with her? What is missing from all of the later photos, as she grows into a lovely young woman? It is heartbreaking that we will never see those two beautiful smiles side by side, in the same photos again! Heartbreaking to realize there will be no “proud papa” graduation photos, wedding photos, or “grandpa photos!”
 
But rest assured, just because we don’t see him, doesn’t mean he isn’t there! I’m sure she feels his presence every day.
 
Here is a sweet video that I found of Michael and Paris, set to Beyonce’s song “Daddy.” My favorite moment is at 0:15.  Paris, in her little frilly “girly” dress, is swinging a baseball bat. Michael is not standing at her side, but he is watching from the background, ready to be there in a minute’s notice if needed.
 
That is how I like to think he keeps watch over her now. And the words to the song are so very appropriate. I can imagine if Paris ever does have a son, who she will want him to be exactly like.
 
[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGW5suNW6fU[/tube]
 
Happy birthday, beautiful lady!
 
 

15 thoughts on “Happy 14th Birthday Paris!”

  1. Happy Birthday Paris, I was inspired to jot down these few words when you spoke at your Daddy’s memorial.
    “Your Daddy isn’t really gone. He’s still around you & with you. He will always be there listening to the music, the melody on your voice, on your laughter, & thru your tears, Although you might not see it or feel it, he blankets you with his love, wraps his arms about you, & tries to comfort you with his eternal love & compassion.” (excerp from OUT OF THE HEART OF LONELINESS COMES GREAT GENEROSITY)

      1. This was a quote taken from a story I wrote beginning in my college days decades ago & finally finished in the summer of 2009. I am not a professional writer, but I only write for my own enjoyment & catharsis. I felt such empathy & concern for all of Michael’s children when I heard of his passing. Everyone knew how much he loved his kids.

  2. A beautiful article for Paris’ 14th birthday. Just one thing, though, regarding the second photograph from the top of the article of Michael wearing a red shirt holding a baby. The baby in this photograph is not Paris. It’s Prince. The photograph was taken by JK Issac and was part of a ten-photo collection introducing Prince to the world in the April 4 and April 11, 1997 issues of OK! Magazine. All for L.O.V.E.

    1. Oops, yes, you’re right! Sometimes it’s hard for me to tell with the newborn pics; I can usually tell Prince and Paris as newborn infants apart but not always. I’ve had that photo on file for several years and I had originally filed it as a Paris baby photo. I think it’s because Prince looks smaller in that photo than the others, and his hair looks more reddish (as Paris’s did when she was a baby).

      Anyway, I’ll replace it. It’s not as if I don’t have plenty of others, lol.

      I have to say, though, I do really love that pic. Even though Michael is a guy, something about him exudes a very “madonna”-like quality in that photo. It’s always been a favorite of mine. It seems like there are a lot more really good baby photos of him with Prince than of Paris; when it comes to Paris, they seem to be a little bit harder to find. It may be because by the time she came along, she was not the only child. Photo shoots tended to include the whole family, rather than just father-daughter. But there are many adorable photos of them together as she became a toddler.

      I also found out there was a very beautiful painting done from that photo that was put up for auction at Julien’s:

      https://www.julienslive.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/3/lot/384/

      1. Raven, yes, that particular photo of Michael and Prince is a favourite of mine as well. When I first saw it in my book, “Michael Jackson, a Visual Documentary” by Adrian Grant, I gasped! It’s a full page print (9″ x 14 1/4″) on quality paper. I’m always moved by the look on Michael’s face. You describe Michael’s facial expression so very well–a “madonna”-like quality. Thanks for the link. I checked out the paintings but was disappointed. I’ve seen better. I’m very fussy when it comes to paintings of Michael. All for L.O.V.E.

        1. Yeah, I can imagine as compared to the Adrian Grant print you described, that one is probably not much. It struck me because I hadn’t seen any paintings done from that pic before.

  3. Happy Birthday Paris!! Wow, time really flies, I remember when she was just a toddler.. It is sad to see that Michael is no longer by his little girl in the photos, but I know he is watching from above..

    Happy Birthday Paris, hope you have a good one!!

  4. Beautiful post Raven. I would just like to point out though that the pic you mentioned in the video at 00:15, it is from the Malnik’s mansion from 2003. In the other photos from there, you can see Michael wearing the same baseball cap and the occassion was Paris’s birthday, I think. You can also see Chris Tucker in the background in that pic. Still beautiful nonetheless!!!

    1. Lol, I don’t know what I would do without you guys! I made the correction by taking out the reference to the other photo. Yes, now that I’m watching it for the second time, she’s obviously a couple of years older there.

  5. Happy Birthday Paris!
    I’d love to hear your point of view of the fact that Paris is taking the way of showbiz. Assuming inalienable respect for the individual and of her will, according to you is a kind of mystification of the paternal will thus expose oneself in the world of entertainment or a good thing? The father has tried so long to protect his children and she basically has only 14 years … I do not know it seems like a misunderstanding of his father’s efforts …forgive me if I seem disrespectful.

    1. This was a question that I addressed in this post:

      http://www.allforloveblog.com/?p=5453

      My personal thoughts on it are that I believe it is inevitable that all of the kids will eventually go into some aspect of show business, whether it is performing or directing behind the scenes or music. They are Jacksons, after all, and come from a family that has known nothing BUT show business for most of their lives. And I also believe it’s inevitable that, being the children of the world’s most famous entertainer, the desire to become entertainers themselves would rub off. Michael was never against his children going into show business. In fact, he said in the interview clip posted in that article that he would support them in whatever they chose to do. But yes, he did want them to have a normal childhood FIRST, and to not go into show business until they were old enough to make that decision for themselves as adults. So I do understand why some are so opposed to the idea of Paris starting out so young. Obviously, this would never have happened if Michael was still alive. But as I’ve said before, I think it is very likely that because of having lost their father, his children may be trying to fill their void by pouring all of their concentration and focus into things they want to do. It could be that, for Paris, focusing on her acting is a goal that is keeping her centered for now. I definitely do not think they should in any way be pushed into show business against their will. But I don’t feel that is what’s happening. I think Paris wants this. The question is: Should she be allowed to pursue it, or should she be made to wait a few years? If it were up to me, I would say wait, but she’s not my daughter or granddaughter so in the end, it really comes down to it being a personal decision the family has to make. The kids are probably going to want to be many things when they “grow up”-at the very least, they should give themselves time to test all the options before diving in. I know that being a Jackson-and all that name implies-is a hard temptation to resist, but I’m sure Michael must have had “the talk” with them at some point about being robbed of his childhood and not wanting the same thing to happen to them. Of course, Prince and Paris are now at an age where I’m sure they no longer consider themselves children-show me any teenager that does, lol. But the truth is, they are. So I hope they are getting the guidance they need to make the right decisions.

      Personally, I will support Michael’s children in whatever path they choose.

      1. Thanks Raven, I shall do so. We hope that the education given his children by Michael is lighthouse for all of their future choices and for their whole life.

  6. Michael é inesquecível.Mostrou o seu imenso amor pelo mundo e pelas crianças. Sei que o amor que ele teve pelos filhos era imenso e onde estiver cuidará de todos com o mesmo amor.
    Felicidade, paz, saúde e sucesso Paris.

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