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Ratcha Talkin’ About?

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   9 Comments | Posted in daisy · daughter · rat · rodent · sixteen

In honor of my youngest daughter’s Sweet Sixteen mile marker I offered a party; she demurred.  We considered a sleepover with three or four girlfriends at the Marriott with the indoor pool; she opted out.
So what did my darling, Sweet Sixteener want?   Cold, hard cash for ooh-gobs of shopping and… a pet rat.
Huh?
“Wait.  What?” Perhaps my hormones caused a hallucination or stripped me of my hearing.  “You want a what? What? A cat? A hat?”
A rat…in a house with three dogs, two cats and a mother who has nightmares about Mickey Mouse.
I laughed maniacally.
“These pre-menopausal hormones are something, aren’t they?” I chuckled to my husband, wiping the tears from my eyes. “For a minute there I thought she said ‘rat’.”
He patted me on the head and smiled.
Thus, Daisy the Rat was introduced to the Claro household.  Daisy looks like a hamster with a rat tail, so it is easy to forget when looking into that fuzzy little face that her ancestors carried the Black Plague.  In spite of myself, I’ve been sucked to the Dark Side by a quivering pink nose and tickling whiskers.
Daisy’s tail, which I was initially loath to touch, is velvety and feels like a peach.  She is interactive, talkative in a rat sort of way and, unlike the hamsters we’ve adopted in the past, is too polite to bite.  Also, she is smart, as evidenced by her agitation with Rap music and tendency to grow calm with Country. Yes, musical preferences are subjective, but since Daisy agrees with me on this one I count it in her favor.
In any event, I achieved my goal which was to ensure a memorable sixteenth birthday for Christina.  I didn’t have to stress with a big party or fret over staying within budget for a weekend at the Marriott.  Of course, I do have a rat in the house, but with all the barking and meowing going on from the canines and felines who share our space, Daisy is veritably refined by comparison. 
A refined rat.
Good grief.

9 Responses to "Ratcha Talkin’ About?"

  1. Comment by BECKY
    March 3, 2010 at 10:16 am  

    Loved this post, Lisa! I, too, had the same feelings about….eewwww, rats! When my 22 year old son told me his girl friend had "a pet rat", my fabulous feelings for her took a dip. But, just like you, after meeting little Beau, and seeing how smart and likable he was, I also come across to The Dark Side! Sadly, Beau is no longer with us, but my son recently bought an adorable hamster (no biting, so far) and he's a real cutie….with a name of Dewey!! 🙂

  2. Comment by BECKY
    March 3, 2010 at 10:17 am  

    Oops….I forgot to say what a sweet daughter you have, and what a fabulous mom you are!!

  3. Comment by Carrie
    March 3, 2010 at 11:42 am  

    I can't believe Christy is 16. Tell her Happy belated Birthday for us:-) I am going to have to come visit…the pets- a- plenty home..I mean the Claro home..hope to see you soon.

  4. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    March 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm  

    I think you just won the Better Mom Than I Am title. And now I'll be singing "Ben" whenever I see you 🙂

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm  

    Hey Becky – glad I've got another rat convert to confide in. Honestly, Daisy has been quite a surprise. She's a cute little thing…although I do realize she's going to double in size over the next few months. Ask me how I feel when she's the size of a small kitten…brrr…

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm  

    Hi Carrie!! You DO have to come visit. And I love the pets-a-plenty…so true. How's Bisquick, speaking of pets-a-plenty. She's a gorgeous handful. I love it when she jumps up and down. (For those who don't know, which is all of you, Bisquick a lovable Golden Retriever with personality to spare.)

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 3, 2010 at 10:05 pm  

    Hi Cathy – Uh, Crazier Mom Than You title is probably more like it. I know I'm out of my mind, I just can't seem to stop myself. Apparently, since there is a rat in the house, no one else can stop me either. LOL

  8. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    March 4, 2010 at 7:09 am  

    Rats, huggable or a handful, either way, you can have them. In my first year of teaching, a mom walked in with a LARGE rat perched on her shoulder. It was all I could do not to run and scream. I wrote about it and my story was published last year in an Adam's Media anthology, Teacher's First Year in the Classroom.

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 5, 2010 at 6:27 am  

    Too funny! When my hubby was a kid he brought home a mouse from school. On the way home it chewed out of the cardboard box and was sitting on top when he walked into his house where his mom was hosting her weekly bridge game. He said he's never seen a bunch of women scatter so quickly. Sounds like you held your ground, though. Daisy is adorable now. Not sure how I'll feel when she is full grown…


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