If you were to be stranded on a desert island and have one person to share the island with, what attributes would you look for in that person? I'm not talking about a real person here, no spouse or Tom Hanks or Brad Pitt, just another human you would be forced to spend your time with, but you could make up yourself, like a Mr. Potato Head.
What would you look for in that person? Would you want someone with MacGyver skills who could make a fishing hook out of your bent earring and a boat out of the crate of toothpicks that landed on the island with you?
Or would you want a chef, someone who could cook the most marvellous meals out of cured insects and dried grasses?
Maybe a psychologist who, even though he had no survival skills, could help you come to terms with your abandonment issues and fears of solitude.
You could try a philosopher who would help you understand the reason for the existence of the island in the first place and theorize that the island may be real but you are not.
An intellectual who would keep your mind too busy posing and answering theoretical questions to be aware of your precarious state.
A humorist who could keep you laughing so much you didn't mind being stranded. No, that might not work; I've heard humorists are usually depressed, introspective souls.
First choice of many would be a perfect love- a tall handsome man with great muscles and a beautiful voice made even more beautiful when he talks about your infinite charms. He would be a man who would serenade you on a ukulele made of tree branches and vines. He would woo you on a hammock made of soft ferns. He would have eyes only for you. Wait a minute. How would you know he really loves you for yourself and not because you are the only woman on the island?
Back to the psychologist for a quick review.
I think I would choose a man who could talk. That sounds like a given, but most men can't talk. If I were going to be on a desert island for aeons with one other human soul, I'd want a man who could tell stories, talk about his feelings, ask me about mine, a man who could verbally share his innermost thoughts. Of course, I would expect him to pause once in a while to let me get a word in. But then if you were to listen to my family, they would probably say the shoe was on the other foot.
What would you look for most in an island partner?