Thursday, January 27, 2011

Λατρεύω την κόρη μου.

No, I did not fall asleep on my keyboard with the font set to "Wingdings." That text up there, according to Google translate, says, "I love my daughter." It transliterates as, "Latrév̱o̱ ti̱n kóri̱ mou."

Tonight I realized that I hadn't spent much one-on-one time with Katie. In fact, it's been years since just the two of us went out to dinner. In light of my New Year's Resolution to spend more individual time with each of my kids, I invited her out for dinner. We decided on Greek. I ordered one of my favourite snacks: spanakopita, a fillo pastry stuffed with spinach and feta and garlic.
Nom nom nom!
Katie ordered this:

Yes, yes that is a tentacle. Of an octopus.

Um. Are those suction cups?

Why, yes, they are suction cups. Have I mentioned that I do not enjoy eating things with recognizable body parts? Suction cups (which apparently is the technical term; I checked) are identifiable body parts. And they are icky. Katie, however, loved them. She said it tasted like cheese, which she loves but can no longer eat, so she was delighted.

For my part, I averted my gaze and enjoyed my pastry.

More important than the food, of course, were the conversation and the company -- both of which were very convivial. My daughter is really no longer a girl, but a woman, one whom I quite like and enjoy spending time with.

Still, next time I'll let her dad take her out for cephalopod.


  1. Oh.... ummm....I wouldn't be able to handle that tentacle very well either... of course this is coming from a former 7 year vegetarian who also dislikes recognizing body parts. :P Glad she enjoyed! And, of course, glad you enjoyed the company!

  2. Oh ick. Couldn't do it. If it still has beaks or tongues or eyeballs, just can't do it. I'm a grocery store carnivore for sure. Just show me the steaks or roasts, thank you.

  3. @Mary - did you know that octopi have beaks? Yes, they do. I learned today that "The only hard part of its body is a beak made of a material like your fingernails." Found that while I was looking into what the suckers are called. I also learned that, according to Wikipedia, the word "octopi" is "often objectionable."

    Evidently I have too much time on my hands.

  4. I'd be glad to take Katie out for recognizable body parts. I am an unapologetic carnivore and don't mind the task of turning animal corpses into dinner. ;-)


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