TB is now part of my waking up routine. Let me rephrase that: TB is the first place I go when I wake up. I am addicted? Oh yes!
This thread was the one of the first I saw this morning. As I started reading Deborah's post, I also noticed how late it was, so I jumped out of bed and left it at that. Between breakfast, lunch (and dinner) preparations, the drive to school and help in the classroom, it's past midday now.
I haven't yet read anyone's replies. I avoided doing so on purpose so that my own wouldn't be influenced. So here goes:
I came to TB first when our family was trying to make a decision about adopting our first bird, following a very unfortunate incident described here
. It is this forum that completely won me over to getting a budgie. After reading through most of the stickies and some of the threads, I felt very secure that, even though we had zero experience with birds, we'd be able to get all the help and support we needed here.
The information I keep finding here is priceless. I am able to approach Clouds' settling in with a serenity that I would never have found (or be able to maintain) without the kind, supporting, accepting and experienced advice I is given here.
Gosh do I wish there had been a "Talk Babies" when my son was born
But experience is not all. This community could very well be extremely knowledgeable, yet remain cliquey, judgemental or generally unpleasant. I think it goes to the moderators' credit that the beautiful tone of this forum is maintained and that everyone feels not just welcome but accepted.
I am really enjoying discovering the personalities of the regular members, observing friendships being formed in every direction. I also love
being able to get to know all these amazing little birds that make the TB flock. It's as close as it gets to having lots and lots of birds, isn't it? (I am already secretly plotting the adoption our second budgie at Christmas but would never be able to wait that long if I didn't get so much 'bird satisfaction' everyday
It is not often that such chemistry occurs where a whole amounts to more than the sum of its parts. Long may it last!
I've said my bit so now I can't wait to read what everyone else wrote