When you decide to have kids, you picture all of the snuggles and kisses, and them lovingly calling you “Mama”. You see them melting into your arms at the end of a long day at school, because you are their safe space. You think they’ll confide all of their problems to you, and you’ll help to shape them into not just well functioning, but confident, kind and thriving adults. Not once in my journey into motherhood did I ever imagine that I would be starting my day with a stuffed pig calling me ugly. Bear with me, I’ll get there.
This morning, Ellis called me into his room early to let me know that Piggy, the stuffed version of the pig from If You Give a Pig a Pancake, told him that Mom and Dad love each other more than they love Ellis. If you’ve read the story, you know that this particular pig is greedy, entitled and rude. Still, you never really see this kind of behavior coming, you expect more from people, and pigs. So, Ellis was upset because even after he told Piggy that just wasn’t true, Piggy insisted that it was. After assuring Ellis that Mom and Dad love him more than anything in the world, and that all three of us are a family and will always be there for each other, I gave Piggy a stern look and told him to be nice. How silly of me to think a look would be enough …
Fast forward about 30 minutes, I was standing in the kitchen making Ellis a bowl of cereal. Ellis walked in with that freaking pig and said, “Mama, Piggy said that you’re ugly.” Remaining calm, I explained that we don’t say mean things like that in this house and took Piggy to time out in the living room. I may have seated him in what looked like a very uncomfortable position on his chair, because f#$% that guy. Ellis finished his breakfast, got an apology from Piggy, and we were off to school. When Ellis asked if Piggy could join him, I said as long as he could be nice, he was welcome to go to school. Really, I just didn’t want to look at his smug little face while I work, so off to school for Piggy!
You’re probably asking yourself what any of this has to do with Greek Chicken Pitas. The answer is absolutely nothing, but someone had to know about the pig with the mouth, and now you do. Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, let’s talk pitas. This is a really delicious, fresh, homecooked meal that will be a treat for any family. Steven Michael has tweaked this recipe over the years, landing on what is really one of my favorite staple meals in our house. The chicken is juicy and well flavored, the Tzatziki is incredible (and you’ll have some leftover for dipping pitas – SCORE), and the crisp veggies make this taste super fresh and satisfying. Pair that with the salty goodness of feta cheese, and you have a real winner!
I am really enjoying sharing my life and experiences with all of you, and I hope that you have enjoyed reading them! I would love to hear from you in the comments below, or on any of our social media platforms. This afternoon, I’ll be having some conversations with Ellis about hiding behind his stuffed animals to say mean things. In the meantime, here’s hoping Piggy gets “lost” in the classroom!