August has no holiday. There must be something special besides personal birthdays and anniversaries, etc., to celebrate in August, and there are many.
The most important, to me, is the signing of the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. I grew up thinking this important American document was signed on the date it was adopted, July 4, 1776. Not. By august 2nd most of the Second Continental Congress members had signed the Declaration of Independence. Two never signed it; John Dickinson and Robert R. Livingston
Martin Luther King gave his famous I Have a Dream speech in August, on the 28th, 1963. August is important!
August is a month of several health recognitions:
National Immunization Awareness Month. When I was growing up, you got your immunizations unless you were of some religious belief such as Christian Scientists. Never would I guess that the country would start questioning the value of or fearing a injection of any immunization. With schools opening in August and September typically, this is the perfect timing to not only become aware of immunizations, but to get them.
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month or National Eye Exam Month. This timing makes sense too. Why should you or your child be relegated to the front row or the back row in order to see the board and the teacher? Get the family’s eyes checked; keep the grades up. Oh, and while mentioning school, it is also Get Ready for Kindergarten month. That was a big day for me. I have always loved school. Unfortunately, the year wore long on me at 5 years old and I ended up being a Kindergarten dropout, but did not have to repeat the year. First grade was much better for me. I was finally ready then and lifelong learning began its passion for me.
Cataract Awareness Month: For you older folks, like me, make sure you get your eyes checked for any cataract issues when you get your next refraction exam; or sooner. My husband had the cataract surgery in both eyes, during two minor surgeries (if there is such a thing as minor surgery), and both eyes are great. My uncle had implants placed in his eyes when cataracts began to be a problem and he outlived the life of the implants and ended up squinting and wearing his glasses. Regardless, yeah to longevity!
National Psoriasis Awareness Month. This is a complicated medical issue that typically results in specialists. It is, so far, not curable. It is the most common autoimmune disease in America. Psoriasis is not contagious but does impact self-esteem due to the outward appearance of the symptoms. 30 percent of psoriasis patients also have psoriatic arthritis, treated typically by a rheumatologist.
There are two other health awareness recognitions for August that I know of:
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
- Neurosurgery Outreach Awareness Month
August also celebrates some things we ingest.
National Water Quality Month: Honor our planet’s wondrous water; preserve it, use it wisely.
More Herbs, Less Salt Day is August 29th: I tend to think of harvesting in August. I realize that herbs are grown in kitchen windows to be harvested by whim and fancy. However, August does seem to be a very good time to try out new herbs in place of salting food. A winner.
But do not fear, an unhealthier celebratory day is tomorrow.
National Toasted Marshmallow Day is August 30th. See, I told you to cheer up! Where is my campfire S’mores recipe?
National Trail Mix Day is the last day of August, the 31st.
Two other interesting tidbits:
- · August was originally named for Julius Caesar Augustus.
- · Birds ponder upon and start their migrations South.
So, watch the birds migrate, eat camp food, and make your eye and doctor appointments. Enjoy a healthy or healthier August.