I had three of those occasions today. I am not sure if today was special or if I was listening better.
Verbal Exchange #1
I showed Commuter Husband this quote from Word Porn:
"It's easy to to take off your clothes and have sex. People do it all the time. But opening up your soul to someone, letting them into your spirit, thoughts, fears, future, hopes, dreams ... that is being naked."
I said to him that the "opening up my soul" was hard for me. I am not good at vulnerability.
Commuter Husband said "At a certain point, you are not going to change. I love you and it does not matter to me."
I had no verbal response, just an over-whelming sense of comfort. Words would lay open my nakedness.
Verbal Exchange #2
Commuter Husband and I asked Youngest Son what he learned in Religious School today. He told us they discussed Torah in twelve words or less. I tentatively asked him what those twelve words were; hoping Youngest Son remembered.
Youngest Son quickly replied "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Commuter Husband added "And all the rest is commentary."
Youngest Son said with surprise "You know that part too?"
Commuter Husband and I both chuckled that our offspring was astonished that we would know the associated ancient Jewish story. We discussed with Youngest Son how we have been saying these words to Oldest Son and him their entire lives. However, connecting it to the Jewish sage and martyr, Rabbi Akiba, appeared to add another level credence in Youngest Son's mind.
Verbal Exchange #3
Youngest Son joyfully said "I love rainy Sundays."
My response with a thankful grin "Me too."