There are moments in a person’s life when an event happens that takes you rushing back to your childhood. Today is one of those days for me. Some of you may know that Whitney Houston has died – it’s all over the news. I must be honest and say that in recent years I have not listened or paid much attention to news about Whitney. I know that she has struggled with drugs in the past, and I always hoped she was overcoming whatever addictions she had – especially for her daughter, Bobbi Christina. At the present time, there is no news as to how or why she died, but I can tell you the second I heard the news, images of my high school days came rushing back to me. Whitney’s first hit came out in 1985 – I was a sophomore in high school. My fondest memories are of my friends and I cruising around, stereo blaring, and singing, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” at the top of our lungs. Yes, we were quite a sight. If you’ve ever seen the video, I can tell you in 1987 when the song came out, I was sporting big hair just like Whitney and some pretty colorful eye shadow just like her. I wanted to BE Whitney Houston. 🙂 I have many, many great memories, and I won’t bore you with all of them, but I wanted to share one of her songs that really meant something to me when it came out because I thought it had the greatest message ever – love of oneself. I hope you will take a minute and watch the video. If you want a good laugh while you are listening, just imagine your crazy teacher – big hair, crazy makeup – holding her hairbrush upside down like a microphone and singing, “Greatest Love of All” in front of the mirror because I PROMISE you I did that.
In case you’ve never seen “I Wanna Dance With Someone”, here it is.