I was so sad to hear about Whitney Houston’s death. She was a beautiful woman with an exceptional voice. Her voice and her songs are woven throughout my history, almost like a character versus a soundtrack…especially as a kid and teenager.
Tosh and I had a few dance routines worked out to Whitney’s first album. I sang, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” for a recital. When I was in college, a few girls piled in a teensy car and sang, “Queen of the Night” at the top of our lungs. I remember hearing, “I Will Always Love You” for the first time. I was waiting for my boyfriend to fill the car at the gas station and it came on. I cried, thinking about how I’d always love Nate. I know every word, every run…
It’s been interesting to hear everyone’s views on the topic. And disheartening. People have been harsh about everything from Whitney’s failures to how bad some people sang at her funeral. It’s stunning, really.
My heart goes out to her family and her friends. And to every person struggling with addiction. Enough is enough.
I talk openly with the kids about drugs. When this happened with Whitney, I talked again about the dangers of drugs and they both said, “I know, Mama, I know.” And I said, “Everybody KNOWS, but they do it anyway!” We don’t have the excuse anymore that we don’t know the dangers when we try something. We don’t know ahead of time what we will be addicted to and what we won’t. Some try, thinking nothing bad will happen. Others try, hoping it will. People do it anyway because they’re hurting or insecure or needing to fill a void…something has to change. Enough is enough.
It’s a lot to think about. I pray for those dealing with addiction and those who are close to someone dealing with addiction…it’s hard to know what to do. God help us all.
Anyway, Whitney…I’m really sad to see her go.