You multitask while listening
Remember when you used to drop everything to hear about your partner’s day? That would leave you finally folding laundry and putting away dishes at midnight but, who cares? Well, now you care. And so does your partner. So one day it hits you that neither of you stops what you’re doing now to listen to the other; you’re always multitasking. You’re listening, but you’re also drying silverware.