Whitney Houston Died Today and So Did Part of my Childhood

Whitney Houston died today. I’m still is disbelief as I type.

I’m not often affected by the deaths of celebrities and entertainers, because even though we invite them into so many aspects of our lives with their work, we don’t really know them as people. But ever so often, someone passes away, and for a moment – everything stops. Time simply freezes and you know that you’ll always remember where you were when you heard the news.

I can recall similar moments like these in my young life – when Princess Diana, Aaliyah, and Micheal Jackson died.

The tragedy of their deaths made it so much more difficult to process. You begin to realize as the montages start to fill up the television and computer screens that in some way, this person’s music or craft really meant something to you.

And now, Whitney joins that list.

Along with herĀ incomparable voice, Whitney took with her a part of my childhood.

I remember singing along to many of her songs as a little girl.

Just the other day I was humming the bridge to “I’m Your Baby Tonight.” That’s still my favorite part of the song. You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t the bomb when I learned it!

Looks like it’s fatal
It’s all on the table and baby you hold the cards
You got the magic and I gotta have it, I don’t want the pieces
I want every single part
I’ll be your angel, I’m ready and ableĀ 
Whatever you want is fine
Whenever you’re ready, just call on your lady
I’ll be your baby tonight

So many memories.

Despite her personal struggles (which none of us are without), she will be remembered for her talent and beauty.

My prayers are with her daughter, family, and friends.

Rest in Him, Whitney.


  • Aaliyah and MJ also hit me hard. Whitney,s passing really makes me sad. . This is not the type of news I expected today. I’m praying most for her daughter. I hope she’ll be alright.

    February 11, 2012
    • Amber

      Same here, Krissy. Same here.

      February 11, 2012
  • beth

    I love all Album…so sad to hear that news..RIP

    February 12, 2012
  • i’m totally with you on this one. my heart is heavy.

    February 13, 2012
  • Great post sis. Thanks for sharing. This one has hit me the hardest. It’s on par with my childhood memory of being in our classroom watching the Challenger explode. I haven’t written a comprehensive post on it, and I probably won’t for quite some time.

    February 15, 2012
  • Frank Manning

    I too feel like a part of my youth has died with the incomparible and beautfiful Whitney Houston. I was never a fan of pop I was the long haired rock type In the eighties but when I heard and saw the the beauty and vocals of Whitney Houston it was hard to not be mesmerized by the way she could capture your heart in her voice and presence truly a beauty and good soul I hope to meet you someday my princess , with love

    February 18, 2012
  • I”m just now reading this post and although I wasn’t a huge fan of Whitney Houston but my aunt was and she died on November 30,2012. I’d like to think they are both in heaven and Whitney is singing all of my aunt’s favorite songs everyday all day long! I remember when Michael Jackson died and it shattered me. He taught me how to be different and not conform to anyone’s ideas about what I should be. R.I.P to both Whitney and Michael!

    April 6, 2013

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