The Check-in is a good thing. It is a simple act, a common courtesy but it has power. When my kids text me out of the blue and say, “Good Night Mom, I love you” there is more power in that than the obligatory phone call around dinner time that always interrupts their dinner with their dad. So, I call less and less over the years. But when they check in, my heart soars. For married and partnered people, The Check-In is often taken for granted. To have another human being, an intimate, a paramour make the simple, intentional act of checking in……you feel connected. To some other person genetically unrelated , you matter enough to be a touch stone. “I’m home and I’m gonna get some sleep.” is enough to carry the day.