SIX months after a romance bloomed and six weeks after he first considered it, Clayton Harding-Colliss yesterday proposed to his girlfriend Kim Deckers.
But the Wodonga father did not pop the question in the orthodox manner, instead he published his proposal in The Border Mail.
It read: “To my Darling Kim — I love you more than life itself, you are the best thing that has ever happened to me. Love always, Clayton. I win. Will you marry me?”
Ms Deckers was left speechless and shocked, before saying yes.
“Ï was a bit lost, but happy,” Ms Deckers, 41, said.
She had been woken at 7am with a Valentine’s Day card pointing her to page 27 of the paper and Mr Harding-Colliss pulling a ring from behind the page.
The mother of two had thought Mr Harding-Colliss, 43, was up to something when he disappeared with her daughter Christalie, 17, one day.
He had taken Christalie shopping for a ring because she has the same-sized fingers as her mother.
As for the reference “I win”? Well, that’s just a personal joke.
“First thing in the morning whenever we wake up we have a little competition over who can say ‘I love you’ first and whoever does wins for the day. It’s our little thing,” Mr Harding-Colliss said.