The kids are in bed, the kitchen is clean, and you sit down to have a cup of tea with your spouse and catch up.
Me: How was your day?
Him: Good. I heard about something interesting...blah...blah...
Me: (In my head) It's the end of the day and I don't even feel tired. Life just doesn't feel like so much of an effort anymore. Art. We haven't been doing much art this year, but that's probably a good sign. We were doing an awful lot of art right about this time last year, probably because it was the only thing that we could do peacefully...Oh, wait, he's talking. I asked him how his day was and I should listen to the answer. OK, I'm listening...
Him: Blah...and the whole system is in the Roman alphabet. I mean, what are the Chinese supposed to do?
Me: Right. What do they do?
Him: Well, now they are going to develop ten new...blah..blah...
Me: (In my head) You know what else I haven't been putting as much time into besides art is baking. And dinners. We've been eating rather poorly. No, that's not true. I've just found some simpler ways to cook. That doesn't necessarily mean the food is unhealthy. Funny how I associate convenience with lack of nutrition... Hey, you said you would listen and you're not listening. Listen to him would you?
Him: blah...blah...and you see what a huge opportunity this will be for large law firms?
Me: Oh yea, I see....Um...Wow.
You have had a conversation like this one? Well, I haven't.
I always listen to every word you say, Honey. I really am listening, just please don't quiz me on this one when you get home. I'm sure I'll be too tired to remember.