Summer vacation, also known as “the long vacation” in Israel, is a time when families head out together on far-flung adventures, or, more likely, grapple with excruciatingly detailed daily plans for their kids while the parents continue to work full-time.
A recent bit on “La Famiglia,” an Israeli comedy on Channel 10 that follows the lives of a typical suburban family and the couple’s regular therapy sessions, exaggerated the typical logistical arrangements to hilarious effect.
The mom, Hagit Granot, played by actress Rotem Ahubhab, draws a flow chart on a white board, describing their son’s plans for the day to her husband, Rami Granot, played by comedian Mariano Idelman.
“At 8:30 a.m. he’ll go to my sister, till 9:30 when she goes to work. So she’ll drop him off at my mother, who can look after him for 40 minutes before she goes to Pilates… She’ll drop him off on the way to her class with Yael Schwartz, who can look after him for six minutes until my brother-in-law Ezra brings him to the community center for basketball, and he can stay there,” she said. “Then your aunt takes him to the hospital.”
“The hospital?” asks her husband. “Why, what happened?”
Someone they know will be in recovery after surgery, she explains, and while no one will know who the child belongs to, he will be supervised by adults.
“Then you pick him up and take him home,” she says.
“But I have a meeting at 2 p.m.,” he objects.
“I know,” she says.
She’s got it all planned. She’s put their house up for sale online, and a series of couples will be coming to see it. Their son can show them around, and, again, “then he’ll be under the supervision of adults,” she says.
“Then, I’ll make an anonymous call to the police about unknown voices in the house, they’ll come right away to check things out… and he’ll be under the supervision of the police,” she concludes. “Then I’ll come home and we’ve gotten through another day.”