Today is a day we affectionately call “Emailaversary”. It was March 14th, 2013 that Ed sent an email to Leslie asking her out on a first date.
Ed had called Leslie the day before to ask her to go with him to a Casting Crowns concert he had purchased two tickets for. Unfortunately, Leslie wasn’t home when Ed called. Ed was concerned that the concert was only 9 days away and he wanted to get his invitation to the concert to Leslie as soon as possible so she had time to consider his proposal and respond to it.
What follows is Leslie’s account of receiving Ed’s email.
Four years ago today, the day started like any other. I (Leslie) was off to work – meetings, paperwork and then back to my office to catch up on phone calls and emails.
To my surprise I opened my email to find an email from Ed Novick. “Ed Novick?”, I thought, “Why is he writing me at school?” Well I thought I better read and find out.
Ed had called me the night before but I was at a church meeting, and by the time I got home it was too late to return his call. My intention was to call him back after work that same day.
To my surprise I opened the email and found a beautiful letter that Ed had written inviting me to a Christian concert coming up the following weekend. Again to my surprise it was my favorite Christian band, Casting Crowns! How could he have known?
I got nervous as I was reading this thinking it had been quite a while since I was asked out on a date. And I got a little panicky and a coworker had just walked into my office and said, “Good morning! How are you?” I quickly answered, “Nothing!”. I was caught! I was reading a personal email and she said, “What’s going on?”. I quickly replied, “Fine!”
I motioned her over to my desk and said, “Come look at this. A man from church just asked me out on a date.”
She read the email and said “That’s just beautiful!”. I said, “I know! I know him from Bible study, but I had no idea he would think to ask me out.”
“You are going to go, right?”, she asked.
“Of course!”, I said. “What am I going to say to him?”
She said, “Well you’re going to call back and tell him “Yes” you would love to go, right.”
“But I haven’t been on a date in a long time. I’m a little rusty”, I said.
“That’s OK”, she said. “I’ll help you think of a few things for you to talk about. You’ll be fine.”
“OK”, I said. And then we both laughed and jumped up and down. I was very excited.
I came home after work intending to call Ed back. While I was thinking of what I might say my mom came home. I was very excited and told her about the beautiful letter Ed wrote inviting me to the concert.
She was right. She had had a hunch the night before that he might be asking me out.
We talked and I said, “Well gosh, I’m kind of nervous to call Ed”. She said it would be fine. She said, “Just call him and talk to him and tell him you want to go.” She asked, “What’s there to be nervous about?”.
I said, “Well to be honest, I haven’t had a date in a long time, and I’d be in the car with him for about an hour driving to this concert”.
“So?” she said.
“Well, what if he was the rooftop killer?!?!?”, I asked her.
“Leslie!”, she said, “his brother is a priest!”
“Right”, I said, “but I won’t be in the car with his brother!”
Then we both laughed. I knew it was silly, and I was excited to call Ed back. I did. And we had a very pleasant conversation. He invited me for coffee on the weekend, which happened to be St. Patrick’s Day, to get to know each other a little better prior to the concert, so I agreed and I was very excited that we would be meeting ahead of time.
More precious than gold was the peace that swept over me that I knew could only come from God. I couldn’t wait to see what God was up to. I couldn’t wait to share coffee and conversation with Ed on Sunday after church on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2013.