A radio news story irked Tom, wouldn't let him alone.
Unkind words to me - from a stranger - looped and spun my mind around and around in an off-kilter sort of way.
We were grumbly, frowny, withdrawn, and tense. Not upset with each other, just unable to unwind. Relentless frustration blocked reasonableness. We knew what was happening, even tried to console each other. It didn't work.
Midnight found Tom changing from street clothes into sleeping clothes and me changing from pajamas into walking clothes.
"What are you doing?" asked my tense husband.
In muted tones I responded, "I'm going for a walk to clear my mind. Feel free to join me. It's nice outside."
Arm in arm we walked, speaking in hushed tones so as to not disturb a slumbering neighborhood. After just half a block the cares of the day began to flow and smooth off our backs like a wake behind a boat, only to dissolve amidst green, freshly-mown lawns, bulbous red tulips, infant rhododendron blooms, and new leaves sticking out of dark, twisty branches silhouetted against the night sky.
I could feel my muscles slowly relaxing, my mind regaining its equilibrium. Tom's arm felt softer under my hand as his elbow drew me closer.
"Makes you feel better, somehow, doesn't it?" Tom responded.
"Yeah, it does."
We stood there for a few minutes, just gazing upwards, letting the universe calm our silly stresses.
As we walked the last three blocks home, our conversation turned to funny things we'd experienced during the day. By the time we reached our welcoming front porch we were completely calm and happy.
We both slept marvelously well last night.
Midnight walk under a romantic sky. Good choice.