Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Valentine Mojo

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   4 Comments | Posted in dachshund · mojo · romance · valentine

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 and sad days and boring days and busy days; it blooms when we’re talking about our kids and 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.

As it happens, 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 31 years, 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, y’all!

4 Responses to "Valentine Mojo"

  1. Comment by BECKY
    February 13, 2010 at 2:20 am  

    Lisa, what beautiful and oh-so-true thoughts! I totally agree! I'm happy you have such a wonderful husband!! I'm grateful for mine, too!

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 13, 2010 at 9:20 am  

    Yeah, my guy is a keeper. And, thank goodness, he is very supportive of my writing. From reading your blog posts (days spent at a writer's retreat, hours at your keyboard) I infer that your hubby is supportive of your writing, too, and all the time it requires. That understanding sure helps, and it is nice to have a personal cheering section. Congrats again, by the way, on landing a publisher!

  3. Comment by BECKY
    February 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm  

    Thanks, Lisa! You're so sweet and supportive, too! Months ago I posted a "quote" on my blog which is a funny thing I said to my husband about a year ago, concerning my writing. You've probably never paid too much attention to it! It's at the very top, below my name. Yay for us writer gals with our great guys!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 14, 2010 at 10:01 am  

    Great quote, and very true. Or maybe they just know we'd be cranky ladies without our writing. LOL

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