Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:07 PM
On the evening of Feb. 11th, I was at home, on my laptop, having just finished dinner with the family. I logged into Facebook, and a feed from a Friend simply said 'RIP Whitney Houston'.
My instant reaction was: "What?! No way. It's got to be another stupid hoax gone viral again."
But I made myself calm down. I calmly opened another tab on my screen to check on-line news sources. Typing "Whitney Houston" in the search engine returned several hits that confirmed what I dreaded. I was pretty speechless. I think I just sat there, reading all the news reports I could find, hoping to find some flaw; some hint that this was all some mistake, but the facts were pretty undeniable.
I went upstairs and told my family the news, then returned to me room, my head full of all sorts of thoughts about my childhood growing up listening to and singing along with Whitney Houston albums.
One of my friends from way back sent me a message on Facebook after it the news was widely released that I was the first person she thought of when she herself heard the news.
I know where I was when I heard she died, but I also know where I was when she passed away: at church. As I was preparing to sing (I'm a member of the choir) the woman who inspired me to sing out loud and strong was breathing her last.
Go in peace, God be with you.
Go in peace, be at rest with the saints and the angels.
Now you are free.
Go in peace.