Someone tried to cut me in line today while I waited too long with two kids in a too tiny pharmacy in Ramle. One kid was in my arms, licking my shoulder, while the other one was doing a twist and shout on the floor. People, it was 1985 all over again, and that child was BREAKDANCING, while a woman chuckled behind her Hijab.
I did what I had to do: I busted out the hand sanitizer and the Bamba, and she sat down.
“Anyone else want?” I asked the room.
Before I go any further, let me tell you about Ramle. Ramle is awesome. It’s a small city where Jews, Muslims, and Christians live and work and wait in line together like it ain’t no thang. There are no CNN news camerashere because let’s be real: coexistence is, like, super boring. And who cares that the best hummus in Israel is owned by a Christian guy named Samir, and the chef is Muslim, and the waitstaff are all Jewish, and that Muslims, Christians and Jews live alongside each other and share gripes about the city taxes, and sip spiced tea after the kids are asleep. Whatev.
Anyway, the pharmacy waiting room is a Ramle microcosm: Five observant Muslims, Four secular Israelis (Arab? Jewish? Who cares.) Three Haredim, Two Women from India with two matching bindis, and one Amerikayit (and her two kids) and a partridge in an olive tree.
I gave her the “aw hell naw” look – not only was this chick jacking my STYLE, but believe you me, I would cut her before she cut me in line.
I went deep and busted out what can only be best described as Marisa Tomei (circa My Cousin Vinnie,) meets Ke$ha, meets Bette Davis. (Oh yeah. Bette Davis. Because $hit is getting real in Ramle.)
But before I get all Medieval, I want to be very clear: If her kid was crying or looking really sick, I wouldn’t have said anything. I would have let her cut me in line, no problemo, because I have BEEN there, and it sucks to be there. But that was so not the case.
“Excuse me, there’s a line,” I said in my best Hebrew, my accent muffled by my chewing gum and righteous indignation.
“But I have a kid,” she said.
“Yeah well, me too. And I’ve been waiting here 20 minutes.”
“Well, that’s your problem.”
“No, actually, it’s no one’s problem. But there IS a line, and you will get in it.”
“Just run your card through the machine and you’ll get a number,” the woman in the hijab said.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
In the Times of Israel, Sarah Tuttle-Singer depicts life in Israel that would send haters into spasms of outrage: