August is My Birthday Month

Looking back over the years, some birthdays really stand out for me. Remember, I’m really old and people didn’t do the expensive parties that they do now, nor were there places to buy decorations, party favors and games..

The first one I can remember was when I was about five and my mother planned a fairy princess party. I don’t remember too much about it, except that all the little girls that came got crowns, and I had a big one, plus a wand.  My auntie made all the favors.

Me as a flower girl.
Not the party dress, but that’s about the age I was.

Around the my tenth birthday or so, my mother planned a luncheon party with a Mexican theme. My two girls cousins and my best school friends came to that one.

When I was in junior high, the celebration was held in Chinatown in downtown L.A. and we traveled on the streetcar to get there. There were others, of course, but those are the ones that stand out in my memory.

I’ve had lots and lots of celebrations as an adult because I’ve been around a long time.

This is also the month my first child was born–and I lived 3000 miles away from my family. (Remember this was a long, long time ago.) My husband was in the Navy in Virginia and had the duty the weekend that I gave birth–and I lived in Maryland. Hubby arrived to see his daughter the next day. Looking back, I knew nothing about raising a baby. I had a Good Housekeeping baby book, and did everything it said to do.

This is the month my first child got married too–being a poor Navy family, we made all the bridesmaids’ dresses, daughter made her wedding dress, I did all the flowers using the neighbors’ daisies and a rosebud lapel pin for the groom, a neighbor made the wedding cake and I cooked all the food for the reception. (It all turned out great.)

August is also the month that my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries come out–and yes, the new one is now available on Amazon.

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The tranquility of the mountain community of Bear Creek is disrupted by a runaway fugitive, a vicious murderer, and a raging forest fire. Deputy Tempe Crabtree is threatened by all three.

As you can see August is an important month for me, full of memories and exciting things ahead.











3 thoughts on “August is My Birthday Month

  1. Hi, Skye, I was born and raised in Los Angeles–but lived on the East Coast a three times–Cambridge MD, Norfolk VA, and then Little Creek VA. Mainly we lived in Oxnard CA during hubby’s Navy years and beyond, and for the last 30 years–her in the foothills of Central CA.


  2. Happy Birthday to you, Marilyn ( sorry if it’s belated or too soon). Your party dress is adorable, and your post brought back treasured memories for me: I am from the East Coast and born and raised in Center City, Philadelphia. There is a nice-sized Chinatown on Cherry St. and my mother frequently took me to a place named the Cathay! My husband was a Navy man, too, and your books sound tantalizing.


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