Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My Cousin Ginger sends me the neatest stuff...

The History of the Apron

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath,because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for
removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ' old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.


Donna said...

When my grandma was at home, she was never without her apron.

Melissa B. said...

I probably should wear an apron. I have so many stains across the fronts of so many sweatshirts! I remember these patterns from home ec class...that's how old I am!

Lynda said...

There's something so wonderful about aprons...they make me miss my grandma.

missy moo said...

I HAVE to wear an apron everyday in the bakehouse. I used to wear an apron at home in the 70's/80's but then you got to a stage where you didnt worry about it. Is it because we are all so much in a rush that we dont have time to put one on - OR - it is in the "not so cool category".... I remember having to make an apron and a silly hat thing in home ec class before we were allowed to make anything. We even had to embroider our names on it.... sheshhh those were the good old days hahha.
Hope this finds you well Kris. Love to all

4evergapeach said...

Oh Kris I love this post. Ironically I recently was looking at apron web sites and thinking of getting one of the old fasioned ones. My daughter got her boyfriends mom one with her name embroidered on it for Christmas. She loved it! And you are SO right about the germ issue. So many people I know are germaphobics (is that a word?). Thanks for such an enjoyable post.

Anita said...

I love it! Thanks for sending me the link. It brings back memories of my mother wearing hers, and also, while not as versatile as the apron, the vision of my mother in a house-dress came to mind. She still has one or two. The thin, but modest, floral, cotton, short-sleeved dress (or robe) that has snaps from top to bottom, is still handy for me to throw on when I visit her.