We come now to August, named for Augustus Caesar, founder of the Roman Empire and its first emperor. His strong rule ushered in the Pax Romana, a period of relative peace that lasted for more than two centuries.
For this month, it is a fitting name. For August is a time of summer’s fullest power and its deepest calm. The trees are heavy with leaf, and city streets are quieter, business is slow, many people have gone off to the coast or the mountains. The bareness of winter is forgotten, and the quickening of autumn is still well off. These are subtly shortening days of heavy heat that often end in thunder and welcome rain.
August is such a time of vacation and slowed labor that it is the only month not leavened by a holiday. It is, in its slumbering way, a month of them. So hail August that dispels cares and provides the freedom to go away or enjoy the quiet of staying behind.