I’d like to give this a try, since I’ve struggled with my first sentence quite a bit. It’s changed a few times, but here’s the latest version.
The ring was warmer than usual that day, and had I not been dealing with my mother’s almost-complete meltdown, I probably would have paid more attention.
There have been replies to all the other first sentences, so I’m not sure i could add anything at this point. 🙂