Well it was 25 years ago, I had expressed an interest in getting a telescope, and I received a very nice Meade scope for a Christmas gift from my wife. I immediately fell in love with astronomy, and used that little 60 mm scope for a year seeking out every object that can be seen with 60 mm of aperture. I found a junk Tasco scope for cheap and swapped out the Meade's alt/az mount for the Tasco EQ-1, which made the little Meade much more user friendly. The scope was purchased new for $200 (a different time, pre china). The scope later took a back seat to a used 6" f8 reflector, but I've kept that scope in memory of my late wife and I will have it till the day I die.
It's be en a fantastic, fulfilling hobby that has taken me through the past 25 years of my life, and certainly a major part of who I am. I am fortunate to now own a house full of beautiful astronomy instruments, but I will never forget the excitement that came with this first scope.
The 60mm Meade is 2nd from front in this family portrait of my refractors: