THIS week I was honoured with the editorship of The Advocate Newspaper. It’s the paper I grew up reading as a kid (mostly comics and the footy achievements of my brothers). It’s so much more than that though. It’s where I met Princess Kel.

Despite growing up in neighbouring towns, Kel and I were not destined to meet till that one day I happened to walk into the then Editor’s office as a young cadet to find this pretty little thing sitting there. Kel doesn’t remember that moment. I do. Like it was yesterday.

In those early days at the newspaper, our lives were heading in different directions… till events made us realise our shared feelings. A sneaky kiss in the newspaper’s file room (which funnily enough is now the IT dept) sealed the deal.

From then on, while being different individually, we have been almost as one. Our strengths and weaknesses complement each other. There is no doubt my sometimes over-the-top personality helped Kel evolve from a shy, young journo into a confident writer, while I would not be an Editor today without her calming hand and sound, measured advice.

Yet, our greatest achievement has nothing to do with the newspaper directly. It is the two princesses we have been blessed with – Ella and Holly. Whatever you achieve in your working life is great, but it can never supersede what you have as a family.

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16 Responses to SHED: All from a sneaky kiss

  1. Louisa says:

    Oh, how lovely!

  2. Barb says:

    So beautifully said Julian. There’s no doubt that you have been blessed with a wonderful loving family….the best thing is that it obviously does not go unappreciated x

  3. Elisha says:

    Aweee ! Shucks that one bought a wee tear to my eye.

  4. Nicely said. Congrats to both of you.

  5. So sweet and so true as well. I also think it says alot about the strength of a relationship if you can still look at each other with love in your eyes after having had two children.
    I am lucky enough to be able to say the same…although a bunch of flowers from my beloved wouldn’t go astray every now and then is all I’m saying 😉

  6. Toni says:

    hey congrats, Julian, that’s terrific news, well done. And AWWWW what a man! I do love me a good love story.

  7. Marthese says:

    That is very Nice Julian…and Congratulations on your new appointment. 🙂

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