I am a theme junkie. I admit it! I probably check out the Windows 7 themes – Microsoft Windows website every few days to see if there’s anything new. I go to Windows 7 Themes | VikiTech.com and do the same thing. I must have close to 200 themes now, some of which I made myself. I change themes every couple of days. I like the pretty, rotating pictures.
The most recent theme I got was the Animal Affection theme – Microsoft Windows. It sounded cute. The thumbnail looked cute.
But as the pictures slowly refreshed, this one came up on my other monitor.
And it knocked me back in time about mumble years or so, to when I was a little girl about 7 or 8. For some reason, I got a parakeet just like the green one in the picture. I don’t remember why I wanted the bird but I learned how to take care of him and clip his wings and clean the cage and all that goes along with taking care of birds. I loved my bird. I named him Sunshine. He was my little buddy and he’d sing and sit on my shoulder while I played.
Not long after that, I got a friend for him, a pretty little blue girl just like the one in the picture. Not being very creative with names but thinking I was oh-so-clever, I named her Moonshine. I thought they were very appropriate names, he with his sunny yellow colors and she with her nighttime sky palette.
My father laughed and I didn’t know why.
My bird story ended as pretty much most bird stories do, when I was 9 or so. But seeing that picture so unexpectedly brought so many memories rushing back. It was like peeking into a window of my childhood.