My dad played when I was a kid. Mostly folk songs and the like. He had a Yamaha classical guitar and a Yamaha ( I think) 12 string. We were not allowed to touch the 12 string. It was a beautiful guitar.
In the seventh grade my school had a guitar class so I took it. My first guitar was a Cahuenga classical. I never got that good with it as it was too hard to barre with but I did learn to play "House of the Rising Sun" on it. Most of the other songs I learned were folk songs which I forgot how to play immediately. The only songs I remembered were "House..." and "Country Roads" by John Denver.
I never played much after that but my brother kept it up and passed his passion on to my nephew (he is self-taught and is an impressive player). I just looked longingly at his guitars when I visited.
My oldest daughter, seven years ago, decided she wanted a guitar for Christmas. We bought her a steel string acoustic and a beginners book. She tried to play but did not like the pain that she caused her fingers and gave it up after a few weeks.
Fast forward to about five months ago: My daughter (oldest) talks my wife in to letting her get a rabbit, (against my wishes but two women against one man? Not gonna win that one...). Daughter then goes off to college and we get stuck with a homicidal lop-eared rabbit. Wife tells me we have to let the rabid rabbit run around outside of the cage as often as possible. We do it in daughters room as she is gone. I get stuck with the chore. About two months ago I am in the room, avoiding looking straight into the eyes of the rabbit (challenge to her I guess, not gonna chance it I think she carries a switchblade), and pondering 45 minutes of pure delight. I spy daughter's dusty guitar case, open it up and start playing.
I had fun. I figured if I had to spend time in the room with Bun Bun I would make the most of it. I also figured the dreadnought would make a good weapon in case the rabbit got any ideas about offing me.
Birthday on 10-30 and wife gets me an Epiphone acoustic/electric starter pack. Unsolicited. Cool! Been playing (trying) any time I can find it. Been playing so much I have not played Call of Duty 4 (which my wife hates more than lima beans) online for about three weeks.
Now I want an electric.