Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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A Perfect Pair: Romance and Microfiction Monday

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   38 Comments | Posted in microfiction · romance · valentine

In honor of Valentine’s Day, both of my story offerings for this week’s Microfiction Monday are romantically inclined, each 140 characters or less.  Thanks to Susan at Stony River for hosting. 

“Romance,” yawned Leo, “is a bore.” 
He eyed his friends and their wives. “You’re all hopeless.” 
“And you,” laughed Rhys, “are jealous.”

* * * * * * * * * *

The poet sighed, unhappy, and pondered what be worse: 
to be alone amongst lovers, or find no solace in his verse. 
Both he deemed a curse.

The post below is a re-run from last year. I hope you enjoy it!

Valentine Mojo

Valentine’s Day is fluttering up fast and I’m having fun watching my daughters gear up for the big day. It’s all about romance and chocolate and ooey-gooey cards. And what, you may wonder, will their mother be doing on Valentine’s Day?

Well, while Stephanie is off and about town romancing her guy, Joe and I will be puppy sitting McGee, her miniature Dachshund.  We will also be playing chauffeur/chaperon for Christina and her beau.

So why am I smiling? Because I learned a long time ago that while Valentine’s Day is a nice little holiday, the real heart of Valentine mojo is created while we aren’t paying attention.  It sprouts on happy days, sad days, boring days, and busy days; it blooms when we’re talking about our kids, writing up the grocery list, and bickering about whose turn it is to let the dogs out.  Real Valentine mojo is alive and growing daily.  We celebrate it every time we sneak a quiet moment or hug in the kitchen with family chaos swirling about.

Joe and I met on February 9, 1979, a mere five days before Valentine’s Day.  We always remember the anniversary of the day we met, and this year I woke up to find a homemade card and a vase full of flowers. It was a wonderful surprise at 5 a.m. When Christina saw the card and flowers she asked me about them and I explained. Her horrified response:  “Daddy did something romantic? OMG I’m going to be sick!”

With hands over my heart I told her my fervent prayer is that some day she will be lucky enough to be married to a man who, after more than three decades, not only remembers the day they met, but does something so romantic that her kids become nauseated and hurl chunks all over her shoes. She offered me a teenage eye roll and an appreciative smirk; I love it when we bond.

The point is, Valentine’s Day, even though it offers an excuse to gorge on chocolate, still comes up as Love Lite. The real mojo is what gets us through the ordinary days, and on really special occasions, prompts our teenagers to puke.

Now that’s mojo.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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38 Responses to "A Perfect Pair: Romance and Microfiction Monday"

  1. Comment by anthonynorth
    February 14, 2011 at 6:45 am  

    Enjoyed both Micros. I think he's on a downer 😉

  2. Comment by Madeleine
    February 14, 2011 at 6:45 am  

    Love the Valentines Mojo. How lovely that your hubby is so sweet. The microfiction is very apt for the pic too. I love it :O)

  3. Comment by Deborah
    February 14, 2011 at 7:03 am  

    Excellent micros! and Happy Valentines Day to you too :o)

  4. Comment by indicaspecies
    February 14, 2011 at 7:09 am  

    I enjoyed both your gems, thank you. Well done.

  5. Comment by 5thsister
    February 14, 2011 at 7:13 am  

    Yeah…he was sounding a bit green-eyed! Enjoyed your microfiction muchly!

  6. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    February 14, 2011 at 7:36 am  

    Right now there is much ado about something—your Microfiction pieces. The second one (especially) has an "old world" feel. As usual, you do so much in 140 characters or less…Your Valentine's Day re-run is so true. Today is a day for card companies and florists and chocolatiers to rake it in, but the ordinary days are the days where romance dies or flourishes.

  7. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    February 14, 2011 at 10:06 am  

    YES! A little scorn for love to heat up a Valentine's Day equals not "Much Ado About Nada" but "A Much To Do About 'Something'"!I say, "Author! Author!" to this Microfiction take!Happy V-Day,SparkleFarkle~~~~~*

  8. Comment by Bookie
    February 14, 2011 at 10:27 am  

    Your microfiction is excellent as always…you captured voice so well in these tiny pieces! Love the name Rhys… I gave on Valentine's before I got married.I never could teach hubby what it meant! Happy Valentine's Day.

  9. Comment by Peggy
    February 14, 2011 at 10:41 am  

    He's jealous and a party pooper.Every party has a pooper and he's it!Very good take,

  10. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    February 14, 2011 at 10:45 am  

    Oh, Lisa, that is such an awesome story. I'm going to add a link to it on my VD blog post. I love both of your microfictions. The first sounds like it comes out of a middle of an ongoing story to me.Happy Valentine's Day,Kathy

  11. Comment by Diane
    February 14, 2011 at 10:46 am  

    A lot of love scorned for Valentine's day! :O)

  12. Comment by Margaret
    February 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm  

    I love your Valentine "mojo" and I so agree! My hubby happily unplugs toilets, takes the dogs out first thing every am (all three dogs… and he is not the one who brought them home as adorable puppies – I am!) and helps with dishes. After 20+ years, that is true love. Loved your microfiction!

  13. Comment by Sylvia K
    February 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm  

    Nothing like a jealous party pooper!!! Just what a Valentine party needs!! I, too, love the name, Rhys! Happy Valentine's Day!Sylvia

  14. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    February 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm  

    Jealous and perhaps a bit lonely as well. Hope he has better luck next year. :)My MM: Valentine Blunder

  15. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    February 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm  

    Nothing makes a kid more secure than getting nauseated by parental affection. I loved the post

  16. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    February 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm  

    Hi,I like the first story – nothing like a lover scorned to throw darts at the other lovers! You post is wonderful and so true…true love is all the little things in life.~Jean

  17. Comment by Mary
    February 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm  

    I really like the clever rhyme of the second.

  18. Comment by Susan Fobes
    February 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm  

    I have to say that your verse was wonderful this week!

  19. Comment by sylviamorice
    February 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm  

    Very good posts this week…I enjoyed your Microfiction and your Valentine's Day story. Cheers~

  20. Comment by Anyes
    February 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm  

    He's definitely looking at it through a 1/2 empty glass. Poor fellow ;-)Love your re-post, Very true… Congratulation!

  21. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm  

    Thanks, everyone, for your comments!

  22. Comment by BECKY
    February 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm  

    Awesome, as always, m'dear!! Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweet hubby!

  23. Comment by Melanie Sherman
    February 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm  

    Loved the first one the best! It WAS like a whole story.But in the second, I'm glad he had the solace of his verse.

  24. Comment by Priyanka Bhowmick
    February 15, 2011 at 1:53 am  

    Yawwnn at the thought of love?? lol he shouldn't have gone to the date.. Happy Valentines' 🙂

  25. Comment by Jinksy
    February 15, 2011 at 3:41 am  

    Two great offerings for MFM, but your story topped the lot! Keep that Mojo working! LOL. 🙂

  26. Comment by jabblog
    February 15, 2011 at 7:47 am  

    I enjoyed both your MMs but really smiled at your Valentine mojo. It's the little things that cement a relationship and they hide under the label of love.

  27. Comment by Geoff Maritz
    February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am  

    Cool picture. Valentine's day causes so much heartache in so many women they should ban it.I love romance and giving flowers but today I heard so many of my friends complaining about their boyfriends. If you want to know what real romance is check out my post for yesterday. Geoff.

  28. Comment by Akelamalu
    February 15, 2011 at 11:41 am  

    Defintiely the green eyed monster I'd say. 😉

  29. Comment by Pooch
    February 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm  

    Your verse is beautiful;the story is wonderful!:)

  30. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    February 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm  

    Oh Lisa – you are so right! Real love is not what we thought it was back then when we were our children's age! I've got one engaged and the other with a two year old boyfriend. (hmm that doesn't quite sound right!) They've got lots to learn about love!Loved the MMFs. You gave us the lows and highs of love today!BTW 1979? Were you in Kindergarten when you met your hubby? :O:Dom

  31. Comment by Michael G-G
    February 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm  

    Both of these were excellent, Lisa. (And I loved the V-day story, and the nearly puking teen!)Have a great week.

  32. Comment by Tammy
    February 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm  

    Excellent microfictions, and the Valentine sentiment that caused your kids to hurl brought tears to my eyes. Am happy for you!

  33. Comment by ruthi
    February 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm  

    exactly!Love the post too.

  34. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm  

    Thanks, everyone, for the comments! I appreciate you!

  35. Comment by Lynn
    February 16, 2011 at 12:26 am  

    Great microfiction, yes yes, you're the Queen. And loved the Valentine's Day post. Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday only because it's about love. I agree with you though, it's the love of every day that should be celebrated as well – and is as far as I'm concerned. Isn't it funny how our kids want to hurl when we (the parents) do something romantic or even "talk" about it. LOL. Mind do the same thing!

  36. Comment by Lynn
    February 16, 2011 at 12:27 am  

    PS, look at you – only 3 peeps away from making the 100. You sure did that in a big hurry!

  37. Comment by Jim
    February 16, 2011 at 9:28 am  

    I liked your microfictions, Lisa! My vote goes for your second one because I wouldn't like to suffer through either of these problems. 🙂 Unfortunately I do the second sometimes…

  38. Comment by Rekha
    February 16, 2011 at 11:33 am  

    Both are wonderful…the jealous single, quite likely…the second one is really true…and your mojo post made a nice read…what they find gross today would be their way of life a decade later.

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