Our First Date
The first 3 songs on our playlist are ones that we liked when we first started dating.
Our first date was on Friday, August 3, 2001. The week leading up to the date, we had been counselors at Kid’s Camp with PBC. We had already been talking and hanging out more than usual that summer and had actually planned a date before Kid’s Camp, but Brent had to go visit his grandparents in Florida. The last night we were at camp, we stayed up until 3 am in the gazebo talking…not about anything in particular, just talking. I was very surprised by how long the conversation lasted and how easy he was to talk to. We had known each other for 6 years and were in the same youth group, but never actually talked to each other alone for an extended period of time. By 3 am that night, we decided we should probably get some sleep so we parted ways back to our stinky cabins. We confirmed that the date was still on once we got back home and…Brent kissed me on the forehead. I remember being all jittery and thinking “Oh my gosh, he totally just kissed my forehead!” I was head over heels from that point and there was no turning back. The whole week at camp, I had really been in the Word and asking God for guidance for this possible relationship. I specifically remember reading Isaiah 30:20-22, “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And you ears shall hear a word behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, ‘Be gone!’ ” I read this on August 2, the night before our first date and I felt like the Lord was telling me, “This is the way I want you to go Brittany. Follow Me.” I know it may sound crazy, but I knew that week that I was going to marry Brent. I was barely 16, but I knew he was the one the Lord designed for me, I knew this was it for me. So…on to the first date.
We were going to go see “Rush Hour 2”, but it was sold out. So, we just rented “Gone in 60 Seconds” and watched it at my house. It was everything but an ideal first date. First of all, I hated the movie because I just can’t get into boy movies unless it is funny or has a love story. Second of all, I was exhausted from camp and fell asleep probably 20 minutes into the movie. When the movie was over Brent said bye to my parents and then we went to the porch to say bye to each other. I asked Brent to sing me a song so we could dance. He chose “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”. Why you ask? We had to sing it for one of the activities at camp and I didn’t know it, so Brent taught it to me. I guess it was fresh on his mind. After he was done singing such a romantic song, we began to kiss. According to my mother it lasted forever. I don’t know what she is talking about. Apparently, my parents were on their way to bed and walked by the front door and saw us kissing. They didn’t really know we were “dating” but my mom quickly found out why Brent had been hanging around so much. As my mom likes to tell the story, they watched for a little while, but got bored and turned off the porch light and went to bed. Neither of us never knew they were there, but Brent did notice that the porch light was off after the kiss. We didn’t think anything of it and he went home. The next day, I was going to the beach for our family vacation. I was listening to the radio with my headphones on and the DJ announced that August is Romance Awareness Month. I thought that was an interesting fact, so I took off my headphones and shared it with my family. My mom wittingly replied, “Is that why you were kissing Brent on the porch with the light on, so the neighbors would be aware of your romance?!” I wanted to crawl in a hole, I was so embarrassed. But it makes a great story…one my mother loves to tell everyone. Regardless of my embarrassment, I will never forget our first date.