“Less than a month ago all of August still stretched before us – long and golden and reassuring, like an endless period of delicious sleep.” –author Lauren Oliver

Goodbye August, the last full month of summer and, if you live in the northern hemisphere, one of the hottest months of the year, or so it seems. I’m not a meteorologist, but—Whew!—it feels like this has been one for the record books.

Although it lacks an official national holiday, the eighth month of the year has been declared National Peach Month, National Golf Month, National Picnic Month and National Family Fun Month. Wake up lovers out there, including Rooney Bin spouse the Binmeister, there are just three days left in Romance Awareness Month. 

            August may not be known for major holidays, but it is marked by significant historic events.  To name a few, on Aug. 2, 1776, 55 members of the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence; Aug. 6, 1928, Gertrude Ederle swam the English Channel, and on Aug. 6, 1942, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Thomas Edison invented the phonograph Aug. 12, 1877, and Hawaii became the 50th state Aug. 21, 1959.

            Leos and Virgos share the month astrologically, with Leos ruling from Aug. 1 through Aug. 22, and Virgos finishing the month. Famous Leo August birthdays include the first American female astronomer Maria Mitchell (Aug. 1, 1818); Francis Scott Key (Aug. 1, 1779), author of the Star Spangled Banner; jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong (Aug. 4, 1901); British film director Alfred Hitchcock (Aug. 13, 1899); astronaut Neil Armstrong (Aug. 5, 1930); comedic actress Lucille Ball (Aug. 6, 1911); TV chef Julia Child Aug. 15, 1912), and Rooney Bin columnist Jackie Rooney (Aug. 9, 19…something or other).

*The Final Word…Although he has been into cooking since the pandemic began, the Binmeister took me and No.1 daughter out for dinner for my birthday. We dined at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, which has wonderful crab cakes on the menu that satisfy my Maryland blue crab yearnings, and I didn’t have to wash the dishes.

Where, I wondered, is the cake with a candle? The tradition of putting a candle on a birthday cake began in ancient Greece, where round cakes honored moon goddess Artemis, and the lit candle signified the moon glow. Not to worry. Binmeister waved to our masked server who shortly appeared with a round bread pudding (Binmeister’s favorite) topped with a candle.

They sang, and I blew out the candle making a wish that the Covid crisis will soon be over.