Is it just me or does everyone assume they’ll never be stranded on a desert island?
I often describe my husband as my desert island person and I mean it, but a local couple are actually testing the theory.
Former Kawana Waters state college principal Paul Williamson and his wife Coralie are among 3700 passengers on the cruise ship moored off the coast of Japan in Coronavirus quarantine.
After a number of passengers tested positive to the virus this week a decision was made to keep everyone on board the ship for 14 days, confined to their cabins.
Paul and Coralie tell me the cruise company is doing its best. Medications are sorted, some room service is available and wifi is free but limited. But in truth, Paul and Coralie are on their own for two weeks, inside four small walls.
The good news is they are very relaxed humans, quick to laugh and deeply in love with each other. I don’t know where to start with the bad news.
A couple of years ago on a date night, I surprised my husband John with a list of conversation starters, since that night we have done it a few times.
So, in the interests of getting Paul and Coralie through an afternoon in the cabin, and your Valentine’s dinner next week, here are just a few.
What’s your favourite thing in our house?
What life experiences do you think you missed out on?
What petty thing that people do really gets on your nerves?
What are some of the most attractive traits a person can have?
If you received a salary to follow whatever passion you wanted to, what would you do?
What has taken up too much time or thought space in your life?
What luxury do you enjoy treating yourself to the most?
If you had a million dollars to give to a charity, who would you give it to?
Of all the people who are gone from your life, who do you miss the most?
What trait did you get from your mum and what trait did you get from your dad?
What do I do that makes you the happiest?
And finally, if you weren’t in this cabin with me for two weeks, who would you rather it be?