July and August seem to be the months when the most islanders have their birthdays. There are often pot luck dinners and other get-togethers to celebrate the birthdays. Lou Ann's birthday was July 22. Mine and Lachlan's is this coming Sunday. Usually there is the traditional cake with candles (which is sometimes not so traditional). Presents are exchanged, but they're often quirky or unusual -- used books, raffle tickets (maybe for a handmade Ocracoke Island quilt), poems, wild flowers, or items from our new thrift store.
Sometimes the best present of all is just seeing "Happy Birthday" and your name written on the chalkboard at the Community Store.
Some birthday trivia -- August is the month of the most birthdays all across the USA. I guess the onset of wintry weather in November has something to do with that.
And a quote from Jean Bucher (whoever that is) -- People who have the most birthdays live the longest.
Happy Birthday to all of our readers who have July or August birthdays!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the second half of my father's short journal. I call it Remembering Growing up on Ocracoke. You can read it here.