Even my 4 year old has noticed - how could he not? And this provoked, yet another, 'interesting' discussion about 'passing away' (to see previous forays into this area I suggest you check out the demise of Satchmo ). It went something like this:
Me: Yes darling dearest?
Son: Who is Michael Jackson?
Me: Well he was a very, very famous pop singer'.
Son: Why is he always on the news?
Me: Err well he's died now.
Me: Erm, he was quite old (if you are 4 then 50 is ancient I am sure) and he got very poorly.
Son: Couldn't the doctors make him better?
Me: Well no and I think he might have taken some medicine that he shouldn't have taken.
Son: Was it the medicine that I have? To help my poo come out?
Me: I very much doubt it.
Son: So did his poo come out Ok then?
Me: Yes (although, to be fair, I have no idea whether or not constipation was a problem for dear Michael and I have no inclination to Google it).
Son: What was it for then?
Me: Problems. A lot of problems.
Son: But not poo?
Me: No, not poo.
Son: Is that Michael Jackson?
Me: (looking up to see Gordon Brown on the screen) Erm, no.
Son: Is that man dead too?
Me: Well not exactly.
Son: Is everyone on the news dead?
Me: No. Obviously not.
Son: Just Michael Jackson?
Me: Erm, probably.
Son: Is Michael Jackson with Satchmo now? And Rhy's cat? And that rat that was all stiff on the patio that Daddy found?
Me: Erm (once again) probably.
Son: Can we see him or is he too tiny?
Me: He's too tiny.
(At this moment some news commentator states that 'it was when Michael Jackson performed on stage that he really came alive') .
Son: Ahh it's alright mummy - he's come back to life now. They just said.
So that's alright then.....