Time off from work assumes its most acceptable expressions as:
• Approved days away from the regular schedule;
• Floating, official, and personal paid holidays;
• Reimbursed vacation times.
It can be difficult to accommodate any of the above-mentioned configurations when the job is demanding and resources remain tight. Being respected for doing a job well nevertheless encourages such appreciation as generous benefit packages and pay scales.
But what happens when the object of communal esteem is the only person deemed essential and qualified for a critical, sensitive position? That is the dilemma of Italy’s quintessential Grandma Witch of hill-topped, tradition-bound Calabria. She and her loyal customers ultimately realize the deep truth of down-time in “Strega Nona Takes a Vacation.”