Thursday, April 23, 2009

How I Met Eric: November 1, 1990


**Note: Some names have been modified to protect the innocent. Also, some information has been left out so that I don't seem like such an idiot.**

Once upon a time, back in 1990, I attended a Young Adult Ward that was in my stake in Orem. I had pretty much gotten over a previous engagement that did not--thankfully--end in marriage. At the time I had a pretty hefty crush on a guy in my ward. We were really good friends but he had never asked me out and I didn't have the nerve to ask him. Finally he asked me out on a date! But I, unfortunately, wasn't able to make it. It did give me the courage to ask him out on a group date that all my friends were planning. A few days before this much anticipated and looked forward to date, I went visiting teaching. The girl I visit taught was in the Relief Society presidency and they just happened to be having a presidency meeting when I got there with my companion (who was also my step-sister, Shannon). We all got talking and the Relief Society president, Diana, said to me, "You should go out with a friend of mine. He is in our ward. Do you know Eric Elison?" I did not know Eric at all by sight. I only knew his name and that he was very good friends with the guy I was crushing on (another Eric--Eric R.). She went on to say, "Eric Elison is the brother of the guy I am waiting for on his mission (Kip). But I could double with you guys. I could go with our other friend Eric R.--he knows my whole situation with Kip."

I then proceeded to tell her that the timing was very off because I had a date scheduled for that Saturday night with Eric R. But I jokingly told her that if things didn't work out with Eric R. (which, of course, they would) then she could set me up with Eric Elison. Saturday night finally arrived and I was anticipating a heavenly night (there is a bit more to the "why" I was so sure this date would work out--a story for another time if you are interested). In a word the date was a disaster. Complete disaster. It might have been fine--just your typical first date with a fun guy, had I not been expecting to be swept off my feet.

The next day at church, I immediately asked Diana (who was sitting in front of me) to point out this Eric Elison guy. She did and I told her that if he was interested to have him give me a call. He called two days later (Halloween) to ask me out for the following night. We went to the Vienna Boys Choir concert in Salt Lake. It was so much fun (which was a little easier this time since my expectations were at a more normal level). I even gathered the courage to ask him out for the next night--I already planned to go see the play The Elephant Man at UVCC with Wendy but she had canceled. Things escalated from there and we were married 9 months later.

Whew! Are you still reading? If you are I will reward you with another little tidbit of information: Diana, the Relief Society president who set me up with Eric is my sister-in-law. She and Kip were married a little over one month after we were. I'm still indebted to her.

14 comments:

Linda said...

So glad things worked out with Eric Elison! He's the best. I loved hearing yours and Eric's "story" so romantic! I will never forget how excited you were to go out with Eric R. and how you came home and told me what a disaster it was! Didn't we both think he was the "one"?! Great post Jennifer!

Love you!

Jill said...

great story and pic. I think you and I had identical glasses and hair way back in the day. Maybe even the same outfit. Lovin' the 90's!!!

Sage said...

Awwwww! Your glasses are bigger than your face, how cute!

Jessica said...

I can't wait until I have a teenage daughter to leave comments on my blog.

I want to know why it was such a disaster.

I'm glad you married the right Eric. He's nice.

easleyfamily said...

Yay! Cute story and we love you guys and are so glad you ended up together :)

Diane said...

I loved this post. I still remember this all happened while I was on my mission and I so remember that picture on your wedding announcements! Love it! Amazing how it all works out with the right guy.

Staci said...

I'm so glad you shared this!

I actually still have a copy of your wedding announcement in a scrapbook with all of the others that flooded my mailbox for a couple of years.

I remember being excited that you were getting married but sad that I'd lost touch with you and didn't even know the guy.

So glad he keeps you happy!

Wendy said...

Glad things worked out with the 'right' Eric! Look how cute you 2 are.

Amber said...

What a fun story! I love hearing how people met and seeing the Lord's hand in our lives. Got any more of those fun stories to share??!!

Eliza said...

You guys look pretty much exactly the same. That is awesome.

~Sister Boogie Woman said...

What a great story, Jenn! I LOVE the picture! Thanks for posting this!

Becky said...

Sister Boogie Woman???? Love the picture. I wish we had known you guys back then. We probably would have liked you a lot. We sure like you both now.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing...........

Jennifer Millett

Britain said...

What a fun story. I was the queen of high expectations and huge let downs in college. It pays off in the end though, don't ya think? Cute picture too! Great post.

p.s. I know you are really missing Ryan in primary right about now, aren't you?