Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Don’t Bug Me! Microfiction Monday

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   29 Comments | Posted in hospital · microfiction · papa · storm

Welcome to Kristin, my newest follower! Well, “new” is incorrect. . .more like “newly declared” as she is my daughter’s BFF from college and a supportive reader of Writing in the Buff for a while now. Smart and sweet, she is a daughter of my heart. And I love that God gave her to me with no hours of hard labor involved.

The diversion of Microfiction Monday is especially appreciated by me today. My beloved 87-year-old father-in-law, known as PaPa, is currently hospitalized due to complications stemming from chemotherapy.   The bulk of my time is being spent at the hospital, but this MFM, always a bright spot, is a much relished way to bend my mind in a more cheerful direction.  I took a few minutes to hammer out a couple of short tales. Below are my stories to match the photo, each 140 characters or less.

“You’re so strong, so. . .shiny! Kiss me you fool!” 
“But Tess,” he lamented. “I’m a bug!” 
“No worries!” She declared. “I’m an entomologist!”

* * * * * * * * * *
Mothman found her! But how? 
Then she recalled his attraction to light. 
“Drat!” She cried. “I shouldn’t have gone to work for STARbucks.”

I usually post my microfiction early Monday morning, but Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency due to a severe winter storm dumping snow, sleet and ooh-gobs of ice all over the place. In anticipation of a possible power outage I’m posting my microfiction early. Thanks to Susan at Stony River for hosting and giving me a bright spot in an otherwise icky (and now icy) week.

Stay warm and dry y’all —

29 Responses to "Don’t Bug Me! Microfiction Monday"

  1. Comment by Bookie
    January 9, 2011 at 11:49 pm  

    Love your stories…first is my favorite. Sorry to hear about your father in law…so many with so much worry these days…So do you have ice adn snow on the ground now or just coming…hope it is not so bad as you expect.

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    January 10, 2011 at 12:09 am  

    Hi Bookie — The sky has dropped a couple of inches in just a couple of hours, and the snow is expected to become freezing rain over the next 24-hours. It's beautiful out there, but treacherous. I hope everyone stays off the roads. We don't see weather like this very often and so are not well prepared to deal with it. At least it is pretty to look at!

  3. Comment by Priyanka Bhowmick
    January 10, 2011 at 12:46 am  

    I loved the previous one the most.. well enjoyed both of them.. Hope your Papa gets well soon. My prayers are with him. Happy MFM!!

  4. Comment by Peggy
    January 10, 2011 at 1:28 am  

    The first one , I think is my favorite but both are great!I also wish your Papa well!

  5. Comment by Sylvia K
    January 10, 2011 at 1:29 am  

    Terrific story for the day! I love it! Hope your father in law gets well soon and that your weather isn't as bad as they're predicting! Holding good thoughts for you and your family!Sylvia

  6. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    January 10, 2011 at 2:27 am  

    "I'm an entomologist!"Gotta love it!And STARbucks? LOLBack to reality, I hope your father-in-law will be better, and your weather will, too– KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  7. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    January 10, 2011 at 6:07 am  

    Lisa–Your talented wordplay, even under stressful conditions, is always amazing. I'm sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I hope he is back home soon.However, as a teacher, I hope that Missouri gets "dumped on" this evening…I'm hoping for a snow day on Tuesday.

  8. Comment by 5thsister
    January 10, 2011 at 7:37 am  

    A two-fer…and both equally well done! Prayers going up for Papa.

  9. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    January 10, 2011 at 8:02 am  

    You are an amazing writer. Sorry about Papa, I will say a prayer for all of you.

  10. Comment by BECKY
    January 10, 2011 at 8:09 am  

    Oh Lisa, I'm sorry to hear about PaPa, especially with your road conditions being so awful. I hope none of you have to be on the roads today. And as always, your MFM are both brilliant!! My fav is the first one, also!

  11. Comment by Madeleine
    January 10, 2011 at 8:38 am  

    Love love love them both! :O)

  12. Comment by Tammy
    January 10, 2011 at 9:24 am  

    I agree with Sioux–amazing you can write so cleverly under stress! I love them both. Prayers for you and PaPa. And sorry to hear about your road conditions–I used to live in GA and know y'all aren't as prepared for ice as we are…and it's bad enough for us.

  13. Comment by Bill ~ {The Old Fart}
    January 10, 2011 at 10:11 am  

    Both were good Lisa, can't decide which one I liked more. Hope your Father in Law is feeling better soon.

  14. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    January 10, 2011 at 10:52 am  

    May PaPa be in the fast lane on the road to recovery. God bless.

  15. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    January 10, 2011 at 11:01 am  

    Those are funny! I am keep your father-in-law and you and your family in my prayers. I hope that the snow storm isn't as bad as predicted.

  16. Comment by Kristin
    January 10, 2011 at 11:22 am  

    Hi Mama Claro!! I loved my shout out at the beginning of your post. 🙂 Can't wait to see my Georgia family in 3 months!Love your writing. Your posts usually give me the chuckle that I need in my days.And I hope Grandpa Claro is feeling better soon! Give him a hug for me!!

  17. Comment by hope
    January 10, 2011 at 11:23 am  

    Ah, shiny can be good. :)And like you, I'm looking at snow [a little] and sleet [currently] and hoping for no heavy ice problems on Tuesday!

  18. Comment by Sylvia K
    January 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm  

    I'm so sorry to read about your Father, hope he doing better soon. Don't envy you the weather! Ours is gray and grumpy, but not that serious. I love both of your stories for the day! Got MY day off to a great start with a big laugh! Hope your week goes well!Sylvia

  19. Comment by sylviamorice
    January 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm  

    Loved both your stories this week…the second one follows a similar tone as one of mine…both deal with 'light' or 'flame'…Hope your weather improves. In eastern Canada we're used to messy winters, but I still don't like it!Have a peaceful week. Cheers.

  20. Comment by RuthL
    January 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm  

    Two for the price of one. And both deliciously good.

  21. Comment by Susan Fobes
    January 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm  

    You went for love-interesting! (I decided to be a little more on the dark side…)

  22. Comment by Lynn
    January 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm  

    Be careful out there – my best to your PaPa. As always, love your micros.

  23. Comment by Diane
    January 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm  

    Cute ones…. sure to bring a smile! :O)

  24. Comment by Michael G-G
    January 11, 2011 at 12:59 am  

    Anyone who drops entomologist into a microfiction is my hero! Hope you're staying warm.

  25. Comment by Katie Gates
    January 11, 2011 at 2:38 am  

    LOL at that first entry! Enjoy your snow…

  26. Comment by Scott
    January 11, 2011 at 7:53 am  

    lol enjoying a good chuckle at your hand this morning, thank you 🙂 enjoy the winter weather, we're getting ours today in Ohio

  27. Comment by kaykuala
    January 11, 2011 at 10:05 am  

    Both are great! The story-line is very original.

  28. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    January 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm  

    Loved the first one. They say there's someone for everyone. Sounds like a match made in heaven.We got a bit of snow here in Memphis. Just enough that my granddaughter could build a snowman.You and your PaPa will be in my thoughts.

  29. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    January 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm  

    ooo shiny!!Loved them. Suddenly realised I hadn't been to visit in a while. Sorry to hear your FIL is not well. Prayers are with you all. Take care:Dom

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