Kristen Erskine and Gordon Campbell have learned when to leave things alone: Dont be afraid of conflict but sometimes shelving it is OK
Names: Kristen Erskine and Gordon Campbell
Years together: 27
Occupations: Academic and editor
” We screamed from Inverness all the way to the Isle of Skye .”
Kristen Erskine and spouse Gordon Campbell don’t mind a good debate, and throughout their virtually 30 years together just about everything has been discussed.” What do we debate? Everything ,” says Kris.
In conversation the couple’s convicts jumble together, joke after rebuff after loving retort, and they dissent wildly on many things. Even choosing a movie is knotty:” She likes movies with bus chases and explosions ,” he says.” And he likes movies with naked French maidens smoking cigarettes full of ennui ,” she says.” It’s called culture, darling ,” he says immediately.” Mine’s called amusement so you don’t leave the room wanting to slit your wrists ,” she jokes.
Officially they met in 1993 when they both moved into a share house in Sydney with two others. But it wasn’t long before they realised they’d traversed paths times before, in Townsville in the early 80 s when they were attending James Cook University, albeit in different times. Kris remembers investigating Gordon around:” He was the only guy on campus who wore a sarong and Chesty Bond[ singlet] and he was a surf lifesaver then. He was really cute but he wasn’t my type because I was into gloomy weird goth boys and he was all blond and browned and chiselled .”
Her heart almost stopped when “shes seen” him seven years later:” I received the same god standing by the refrigerator … I exactly looked at him and I was so happily single and I was like, oh my god, he’s gorgeous. I can’t live here. And I virtually backed out of the share residence .”