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Blanket denied the only thing he ever truly wanted - his dad
Published on 16 Aug. 2009 11:45 PM IST
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Eggs from the finest available stock, selected by the world’s leading experts and grown in the most beautiful, healthy conditions... It sounds like one of those breathy adverts for the latest Marks & Spencer ready meal, doesn’t it? But no, it turned out recently that it was actually the process Michael Jackson went through to choose the donor eggs and surrogate mum for his youngest son, Blanket. Nothing was too much trouble to create the “perfect” child – thousands of dollars was spent on finding the egg donor and the beautiful Latino-looking surrogate mother who gave birth to the baby. Baby Blanket was then brought up with his brother and sister, surrounded by medical experts, state-of-the-art toys and even face masks to ensure their lives were as safe and perfect as possible. Yeah, and what a total and utter waste of time all that was. Because while Jacko was doing all that stuff for the son he so clearly adored, he was also pumping himself full of the drugs which apparently killed him. And by wrecking his body once and for all he denied Blanket of the only thing that little boy ever truly wanted – his dad. One similar case is another tragic story about Kerry Greaves, who died after having a gastric bypass op. Eighteen-stone Kerry had the op so her three-year-old daughter, Melissa, wouldn’t be picked on at school for having a fat mum. But now Melissa hasn’t got a mum at all. It was a sad thing for Kerry’s family but what a dreadful decision that operation was. Not once does a kid say: “Yeah, I would let you take me to the park, Mum, but you’re looking a bit chunky at the moment.” Children love their mums and dads whether they are five stone or 50 stone. They simply want them to be there, with them – alive. Ask any youngster who the most beautiful woman in the world is and they’ll say their mum! Kerry might have worried about school bullies but she may have never doubted how much her daughter adored her just the way she was. More and more, it seems as if we adults spend vast amounts of time and money on creating what we deem to be “perfect” childhoods for our kids – just like Blanket and Melissa. But what terrible mistakes we are making along the way.

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