Kurt, I think it's great that you are interested in cooking. I taught my grandson to cook several things, and he knows his way around a kitchen pretty well, as does my step-son, and my husband is a darned good cook and getting better all the time.
I would recommend that you start out cooking things that you know and like. Perhaps learn to make a really great hamburger and oven-fried potatoes. Spaghetti, garlic bread and salad would be another good one to start with. One of the first meals I learned was baked chicken (chicken pieces baked with Golden Mushroom soup), baked potatoes and green bean casserole. Once you learn some cooking methods and gain confidence, you'll find yourself branching out with new recipes.
Here is a site where you'll find lots of simple recipes to start out with:
One more very important hint...Clean up after yourself as you go, so you don't find yourself facing a disaster area when you are finished.