First Loves

Both my best friend Shari’s and my son Zachary’s first loves were horses. Shari loved the four-legged kind and Zach loved the internal combustion engine kind. Shari’s sister, Debra, immortalized her first loves with an AMAZING mosaic of a galloping horse. Debra’s so talented.

Shari’s First Love

Zachary loved his 1988 Mustang 5.0. He saved every penny for parts and pieces to soup it up and customize it. He took his then girlfriend, now wife, to both their Junior and Senior Proms in it. He sold it to get money to set up house when they married. Twenty years later, his brother-in-law came across the exact Mustang for sale on Craigslist. It was still owned by the person who had purchased it those twenty years earlier. Sarah secretly purchased it and presented it to Zach for their twentieth wedding anniversary. Pretty cool, huh? It had long sat in a garage and needed a lot of work to get it up and running. Now their oldest son is driving it. It still has the bass-boosters Zach had installed back in the Nineties and they still work. Grandson Caleb has assured me that he doesn’t turn them on while the car is moving because they make his eyeballs vibrate and he can’t see to drive.


My first love was God. I read The Greatest Story Ever Told when I was nine. The descriptions of leprosy terrified me and I erected altars in my closet and backyard. I prayed that God would protect me from leprosy. I also decided to become a nun when I was an adult. I had to let go of that aspiration when I found out that Methodists don’t have nuns. I have, however, avoided armadillos throughout my adult life including during my retirement since they are known carriers of leprosy. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t become a nun, since some of their orders work in leprosy colonies (I totally admire their selfless devotion). I avoided contracting Covid during the recent pandemic and I’ve also managed to avoid leprosy during my lifetime. Life is good!

7 thoughts on “First Loves”

  1. I think I got covid-19 before it had a name. (December 2019) I was afraid I would die bc I was very sick in my lungs. It hurt to breathe. My nurse practitioner is Asian American. She knew what to do. I survived after being sick for 45 days with flu symptoms & fever & cough & heaviness on chest. On December 27, 2019, I stood next to a cougher (2 ft from me) at store. I told him he needs to wear a mask. I got sick 2 days later. I now got immunized with vaccine. I feel fortunate.

    Thanks for info on armadillo and leprosy. Didn’t know that cause & effect.


  2. Jen, you have a handsome grandson. I remember the white with red stripe mustangs. My sister had a yellow mustang when she was a Senior in high school (Eldorado). I think she was in your sister’s home room class. A-G last names


    1. The picture is actually of my son and my daughter-in-law before their Junior Prom way back in 1998. My daughter’s first car was a yellow mustang. My Dad bought both of my kids their first cars and he could always find a good deal. Pam never made it to her Senior year in highschool, but I’m sure she and your sisters were in many classes together beffore then.


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