Well, that was fast. Haha. Great quick read. ;)
This was your first story, and although it was your first story you wrote, it wasn't the first of your stories I read. I think the first I read was 'An Unlikely Pair" (Why isn't it on this site? I'd like to read it again). but anyway, what I'm trying to say is that I can't believe this was the first thing you wrote, because it was so wonderful, a powerful mix of humor, drama, tears and joy.
It opened up a floodgate of words and stories for you, and years of reading and enjoyement for many of your fans. Thank you!