Have you heard the song in the latest Apple commercial? It’s outstanding. They redid an old song, “Someday at Christmas,” turning it into a duet with Stevie Wonder and Andra Day. Brilliant. Andra’s dulcet tones tug at the heart and I just love Stevie singing anything.
I haven’t felt such emotion in a Christmas song since Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” But like all good songs, this one got me thinking and of course, I figured I’d share with you.
Why can’t “someday” be today?
Permit me to unravel my web of thoughts. Firstly, let’s address the elephant in the room: Isis.
Lately ISIS has me thinking of ices. You know, the frosty delight that has been a childhood favorite of many a kid? Way back when, I’d buy Italian ices from the ice cream truck that visited my block in Queens each summer evening. Like a knight in shining armor, it saved us kids from having to eat our mother’s tapioca pudding or worse–fruit.
As soon as we’d hear the distinct bell of the ice cream truck, we’d race outside and shimmy up alongside the truck with our coins firmly in fist.
But did I want cherry, lemon or cola-flavored ices? Decisions, decisions. Finally it was my turn.
Cola ices, please!
Mama Mia, that was yummy and refreshing like nothing else.
Yes, ices are awesome, but ISIS is another matter entirely. And thinking of ISIS reminds me of the “Someday at Christmas” song. A song that gives hope.
What would happen if we gave ISIS some ices? Sure, they’re hungry for power, but maybe a treat to tickle the tummy would do the trick?
Or how about if we gave them a purple crayon? One of my favorite books to read as a child was “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” I even have a “Harold and the Purple Crayon” tee shirt that I often wear to my Zumba class (see photo). And of course, looking at the book cover on my tee begs the question:
What if we handed the ISIS terrorists a purple crayon so they can draw themselves a new–and improved–life and see the world from a new perspective?
What if Jamie Oliver, aka The Naked Chef, could teach them to use their hands to hold a ladle, not a weapon, and and make a tasty meal instead of a dirty bomb?
Maybe we could teach them to knit sweaters and mittens for each other, for those cold, desert nights? Instead of taking prisoners they’d take each others measurements to make sure the knitted sweaters and vests fit nicely.
Or what if we gave them a good book to read, like “The Little Prince” or “My Friend Flicka?” Can you imagine that?
What if they joined us in a round of “Someday at Christmas?”
What if we could teach them empathy through our words, our books, our songs and a hug?
What if we could kill them with kindness and not drone strikes? Would the world be a better place? Could we ever get along–or is this just a pipe dream, much like the song, “Someday at Christmas?”
Well, if I had a purple crayon, I’d draw a world where terrorists don’t exist and where people are kind, respectful and courteous to each other. Where folks remember to stop and smell the flowers, gaze at the stars in the night sky, and appreciate the wonder of this world. Where “Someday at Christmas” is not a pipe dream, but very real.
Now, what would you do if you had a purple crayon?
Happy Holidays, my friends. Merry Christmas, dear ones! You make the world a better place. Now, enjoy this beautiful song, performed by Andra Day and Stevie Wonder (I know it’s a commercial, but try to ignore that part.) Enjoy!