Matthew drove the boat for the first time the other day! I didn't know until I saw the picture, but it got me to thinking of firsts.
My first kiss. Sensuously gentle, an indicator of what I might expect from my future husband.
Author Amy Clipston posted about the importance of the first line in a manuscript not too long ago. I encourage you to read it as it was enlightening.
The truth is, first impressions are everything. In life and in story, they set the mood. The first sentence can propell someone to shove the book back into its spot on the shelf, or it may hook the reader into reading more and, possibly, buying your book.
It may hook an editor or agent into requesting a full.
An opening sentence I've never forgotten is:
"If there was one thing Josie Miller knew, it was the smell of a rich man."
Look at the opening of your story objectively. Is your first sentence intriguing? Posing a question the reader must discover an answer to?