Thursday, August 20, 2009

About August

So on my way to work this morning, I was listening to an NPR essay about how the month of August is morphing from the August we knew into something entirely different.

I feel exactly the same way as commentator Frank DeFord: "So August was a nice respite. We needed August. Then things changed. First, everybody started going back to school before Labor Day. Who'd ever heard of such a thing?"

Ever wish you had written what someone else did? That's me with this DeFord essay.

Anyway, what does August recall to you?

Yesterday I mentioned that it was August 18, 1973 when I went to the Indiana State Fair to finally see Donny Osmond. I believe I was 10 years old. Also, for my entire life, in mid-August, my Fall allergies would set in, and I'd have to take lots of meds and stay in air conditioned rooms a bunch, which was depressing as a kid. This was before most places had central air. I remember the small window unit in my very lavender bedroom and the hum it made as I fell asleep (often trying to breathe) on hot August evenings.

But let's not end on my gasping for air--What are your favorite August memories?

If the audio fails, you can read the commentary at NPR's website.


Barbie said...

I married the love of my life on August 20, 1988. That has to be my all time favorite August memory!

Abiding Branch said...

Let's see August for me had a sad reflection so moving on from that, it was also the month I had my very first boy friend and he sang to me on the "Every breath you take" in front of everyone!! Wow was I red! It was the month I got my license to drive with my friend whose birthday is tomorrow. God bless Shea!! hmmmm, now it is a month where my son shot a 66 for 18 holes of golf!! woo hoo!! that is all my tired mind waiting on laundry can think of.
I have missed your blog!!

2Thinks said...

From my very lavender bedroom (the truth!) I woke up knowing that I still had the full month of August to treat as summer- no school, staying up late, the fair at the end of the month....I feel sorry for kids now, having to get back to school before summer is over...does that really make them smarter?

And, yes, many times I wish I'd wrote what someone else wrote :)

Kim said...

Have always enjoyed Daniel's essays and it had been a LONG time since I'd heard one. Thanks for sharing it!

I totally agree. I believe Michigan changed the start of public schools back after Labor Day again (like it was when I was a kid), because with the economy so bad they need those end of summer tourists even more. Wonder how that's working out for them? If nothing else, it lets the kids have those precious lazy days of August. I mean really, who wants to go back to school when it's hotter 'n blazes and most schools in the north do not have a.c.? Torture, pure torture!

Debbie said...

Oh boy. I think that August for me was always filled with as many days at my parents cottage in NW Indiana as we could manage. Getting in all the water skiing that we could before we had to go back to the drudgery that was school. And then there was the trip to get school supplies, which was just about one of my favorite things to do.

SusanD said...

August is the month I fell in love with my hubby. Blessings, SusanD

Linda said...

August 6 and August 11, the wedding days of two of my children!

Greg C said...

I have no fond August memories. As I sit here with itchy eyes I too am reminded of fall allergies. We were cursed I tell you, cursed. The kids started school this week. Yea there is something positive.

Lois Lane II said...

LOL!! August reminds me of...

1. Hurricane Katrina, 4 years ago.

2. My mom's birthday, which is on the day Katrina landed.

3. Moving to New Orleans, 4 years ago.

4. Moving AWAY from New Orleans 4 years ago.

5. Getting ready for our wedding.

=) Believe it or not, August brings back good memories because I think about how close Superman and I became during that month.

Sara said...

August 23. Smack dab in the middle of the hottest time of the year in Central California. Average daily temps hovering around 100 degrees F. Also, our wedding day and anniversary date forever more. Crazy kids - what were we thinking??? (After 29 years, we've decided to move that annual celebration to October!)

skoots1mom said...

we start b4 labor day here...i miss the old days of starting school when it felt cooler outside...the poor kids suffer through august practice...and in georgia, that's hot!
some of my worst sunburns have been in august...i actually used to put iodine in baby oil and put it on my skin to get more color...we didn't even have sunscreen then...i mainly would look like a lobster and smell like Noxzema's camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus. Yes, we really put a facial cleanser/makeup remover on our skin for sunburns.

Anonymous said...

August = India. Each time my hubby has been to India, it's been in August, because of the temps. I can't help but think of the Indian babies and pastors when the first week rolls around.

Jenny wren's nest said...

To me august ment it was time to pick green beans and tomatoes and cann them in ball jars to eat on those cold dark Indiana winter nights. and allergys.

Anonymous said...

August meant the street lights came on earlier...and as kids, even though it was still warm and we had no school, we had to come inside. Summer pajamas and sitting in the dark watching tv because the lights made the room too warm. (Hey...I'm doing that now!!!) Late August also meant going to the school doorway to see the postings of which homeroom class and teacher you got assigned. So much made to do for July and September. For me, August has always been one of those forgotten months. (Another forgotten month in my book....March....)

The Bug said...

I never thought much about August. In NC where I grew up it was hot as blazes, so I would really have just as soon skipped it altogether. I liked school LOL.

I don't have children, but my husband teaches at a university. His classes start next week. It would be really nice if he could wait another couple of weeks - especially since his 3rd floor office isn't air conditioned!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...


For me, August has always been just hot. It's not so bad here in Georgia, but in South Texas, we're talkin' miserable. We never started school in August, which was a good thing because we weren't allowed to wear shorts to school. And we would have all died in Jr. High where we had those same window units in our class rooms. Ugh.

So the upside of August would had to have been staying at the pool for one more month before school started.

And then I was always excited about school starting too. :-)