I grab my iPod Touch or my laptop and open some of my favorite shopping sites.
My husband reaches for his Wii-mote and starts a round of virtual golf.
We don’t say a word. Yet somehow we’re in tune with each other.
After a hectic day at work and then jumping immediately into daddy time, my husband’s speaking quota is mostly used up for the day.
After a hectic day at home or dashing to appointments with my toddler in tow, I want to sit still and focus on something I can control.
At some point, I may start jabbering away to him…
I’m not naturally very talkative, but it’s been a full day since I’ve talked to another adult, right?
My husband listens selectively, injecting input here and there (sometimes skillfully, other times utterly uselessly).
The other day, I missed our favorite TV show completely because I was turned around talking to him for a full 25 minutes before realizing it was on. He had managed to “listen” and watch the whole thing. An impressive talent, for sure. And somehow we were both satisfied. We got what we needed.
We do have our evenings where we put everything down, pour some wine and update each other on our days. Then we also have our date nights where we remove ourselves from the house and do it over some good food, too.
This is what helps us unwind at this point in our lives.
What happens in YOUR house after the kids go to bed?