I had others along the way and when I went into the Army, since I couldn't take my guitar with me, I gave my only guitar to the son of a friend of mine. I told him to learn to play it and I'd come back and listen to him. He learned to play it, but it was seven years later before I came back home to hear him. It made me feel good to think that I had inspired him to learn how to play. I had another guitar at the time, so naturally we got to play a couple of tunes together.
The only time I didn't have at least one guitar was the first year I was in the military. However, there were guitars at the service club and I was playing on those every chance I got.
I finally got another one after that first year. It was an old Gibson (1934, I believe) L-5 that I bought from someone in my unit. This would've been back in about 1966. It was beat to hell, and someone had cut a round sound hole in it, but it still played and sounded great to me. Back then it was "just an old guitar" and I was able to buy it for $17!! Wish I still had it today.
I've bought and sold a lot of guitars over the years. Right now I have four of 'em (not counting a 3/4 size Yamaha "pretend" classical) and I really can't imagine what life would've been like without music and a guitar to play it on.
I've been at it for a little over 53 years now, so I don't think anything's gonna change the way I feel about acoustic guitars. I play other musical instruments, but the acoustic guitar is, and will always be, my first love.