It's been the hallmark of Michael Jackson's entire life, beginning with his fame as a child star to his changing the musical industry with his musical talent and videos, to the freakish facial transformation of recent years.
And in just 26 words, his daughter Paris definitively transformed him once again - if only for that moment - into a person that we admittedly (perhaps with good reason) had difficulty seeing.
We didn't think of Michael Jackson as your typical Ward Cleaver father - but then again, Ward never dangled The Beav over a balcony, either. MJ's eccentricities didn't exactly place him among the Father of the Year contenders in most of our books.
But maybe there was more behind that parental veil than we were led to believe. For I believe that you cannot, at 11 years old, take a microphone and speak to thousands of people while gazing at your father's coffin, if what you have to say doesn't come from the heart. I believe that little Paris truly meant every syllable of her 26 word eulogy.
“Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine,” Paris sobbed onstage. “And I just wanted to say I love him so much.”
This wasn't a performance. Far from it. This was a little girl who wanted the simplest of things, the thing every adoring little girl wants. For people to know that she had a great Daddy. That he was loved.
In what was (in my opinion) a completely unplanned, unscripted moment in an orchestrated finale, Paris did something special. She gave her father a final, priceless gift of peace. And of transformation - if only for the briefest of shining moments - back into someone who was, at least to one little girl, beloved.