To all my Facebook friends with a birthday in August (17 by my count!), I wish you a wonderful day of sweet and simple pleasure.

לכל חבריי בפייסבוק עם יום הולדת באוגוסט, אני מאחלת לכם יום נפלא של הנאה מתוקה ופשוטה. א

In my youth, my August birthday was a blessing and a curse.

I enjoyed the fact that I was always on holiday from school on this special day. I was free to spend the day enjoying myself, even if there weren’t many special things to do.

But that also meant that everyone else was on holiday and not around to celebrate with me. I was often away, too, on that day.

And, with a birthday at the end of August, I was always the youngest in the class – a fact that held great significance when we were young and was not advantageous.

August Birthdays are the Best

Now, it’s all good. Summer, freedom, almost always sunshine. And the fact that I’m the youngest of all my old school friends doesn’t bother me one bit!

From this year, I’ll be sharing August with my baby: Social Anxiety Revealed, published on August 22, just three days before my birthday.

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Of my online friends, there are a few who have birthdays in August. Growing up, I was, most of the time, the only one in my class whose birthday fell in August.

I was never sure whether I liked being born in August. I was pleased that I could celebrate in the summer, and that I didn’t have to attend school on that special day. But it also meant that my birthday wasn’t celebrated at school and I hardly ever had a party because other children were on holiday and, usually, so were we.

I once had a birthday party at a summer school. Children came and enjoyed the cake, but they soon ran off to watch the afternoon film when I wanted them to stay and play games.

Being born at the end of August meant that I was always the youngest in my class. I know that fact wouldn’t necessarily affect anyone adversely, but in my case being young and immature didn’t help my status in class society.

Now, I’m too old and not old enough to have a fuss made of my birthday, but I thought I’d tell you anyway.