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MY SEASON OF ( STEVIE) WONDER..🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄










MY FIRST ..( and HOPEFULLY ONLY) PANDEMIC CHRISTMAS ...


December is a real “MIXED BAG” for me .. REAL has always happened .. in the lead up, during, and the after ...


Both of my daughters are “winter” babies ... ( November and January .. which means I was either anticipating or rejoicing their arrivals in December..)


My Mother’s birthday was December 9.. We had a complex relationship which I complicated ..


Today.. December 8, 2007.. My oldest daughter and I sat in a funeral home on the north shore of Long Island .. picked out a casket from their “showroom”.. looked through Mass card designs .. stared blankly as we settled on an all day “affair” instead of 2 “viewings”.. wrote a check for $12,500, and then was asked what “caterer” did I choose .. ( Italians and their “RESPECT” themed funerals...)


They ( the funeral director) gave us a huge tray of cold cuts .. and a “SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS” card ... (I think we left it ...)


In Decembers to come .. my daughter introduced my her boyfriend ..who is her life partner .. he’s never going away .. ( as I joke .. half kiddingly..)

My younger daughter became “ME”.. as she decided to join another “family” for the holidays .. one who had a condo in Florida .. ( I did the exact same thing to my mother .. at the exact same age .. KARMA..)


December 13, 2013.. I met an extraordinary man .. on the UWS of Manhattan ..

( first time I was ever aware of the UWS..). He was tall.. he was confident .. he was worldly and cultured .. and he noticed details .. We shared a glass of wine ..He said “Red is definitely your color..”. ( Finally.. a man who was aware of that ...). He left for the holidays .. I chalked it up to “one of those things”.. he called on January 6th .. We have been “together” since.. He loves my “complexity”.. calls out my “complicated”... his name popping up on my caller ID was changed to “MY LOVE”...he is ...with all the gratitude he deserves ...


As as been my fate and joy .. This December was ushered in by a FIRE .. on West 82nd street .. started on the 3rd floor ... ( I live on the 3rd Floor).


Nothing ...NOTHING.. messes with ones feeling of “security” and “WTF” in NYC like an apartment building fire .. ( a real stark reminder we are all at the mercy of our neighbors..)


So much to “kvetch” about this year ... ( and justifiably so.. )


“AND SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS .. ( and what have you done..)...”. ( John and Yoko...)


Well.. not exactly feeling like DECK THE HALLS.. or any traditional “song” this year ..


PANDEMIC CHRISTMAS CALLS FOR A NEW SONG.. ( an old one..we all know .)


I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU...


“No Libra sun

No Halloween

No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring

But what it is, though old, so new

To fill your heart like no three words could ever do..


I just called to say I love you...”


If ever a time and place had a message .. it’s 2020..


It’s not what we order each other off AMAZON PRIME..

STAYING HOME MEANS MORE THAN TOGETHER..


“Those Three WORDS” SPOKEN OVER THE PHONE MEAN EVERYTHING..


“I LOVE YOU...”


Texting is the EASY way .. CALL..


We are social .. the sound of voices calms our nervous systems .. strengthens our immune systems .. offers us the most beautiful GIFT of all..


CONNECTION MADE.. CONNECTION COMPLETED..


STEVIE WONDER has a whole catalog of “LIFE MOMENTS”...(#songsinthekeyoflife)... he’s been in our world since 1966.. for a reason ..


Not feeling the “holidays” as we are told to?


Get thee to thou SPOTIFY.. light a pine scented candle .. TURN ON STEVIE..


MAKE THOSE CALLS...


2020.. THE YEAR WE ALL UNDERSTOOD THE HUMAN CONDITION..


WE ARE HERE “NOW”.. SAY WHAT YOU NEED TO SAY...


TOMORROW.. UNDETERMINED...


SING IT..MR. WONDER...❤️❤️


No New Year's day to celebrate

No chocolate-covered candy hearts to give away

No first of spring

No song to sing

In fact, it's just another ordinary day

No April rain

No flowers bloom

No wedding Saturday within the month of June

But what it is, is something true

Made up of these three words that I must say to you

I just called to say I love you

I just called to say how much I care

I just called to say I love you

And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

No summer's high

No warm July

No harvest moon to light one tender August night

No autumn breeze

No falling leaves

Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies

No Libra sun

No Halloween

No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring

But what it is, though old, so new

To fill your heart like no three words could ever do

I just called to say I love you

I just called to say how much I care, I do

I just called to say I love you

And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

I just called to say I love you

I just called to say how much I care, I do

I just called to say I love you

And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

Of my heart....


OF MY HEART....❤️❤️❤️











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