Friday, November 12, 2010

♥ The History of APRONS ♥

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 also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons 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 folk 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 – but


Patti said...

Such a beautiful post! Brings back so many memories of my grandmothers... My mom now wears her mother's apron when cooking for the holidays. I am hoping it will bring the same wonderful memories to my sons.

Thanks for sharing!

Blessings, Patti

Whimsey Creations said...

Love your story! My grandmother didn't wear aprons but I've always loved them. I have one hanging in my kitchen but never think to put it on. Thanks so much for sharing the beautiful pictures too!

PEA said...

Wonderful Cookie,
this brought back many special memories for me. I have most of my Gma's aprons. I wear a apron everyday just not hers.

Sharon Stevens said...

Oh what a tribute to grammas and aprons Cookie!! Brought back many of memories of summers I spent at my grandparents farm. So sad alot of our kids will never learn or experience what we have as children. Thanks for sharing

Chim said...

Loved the story of the many ways Grandma used her apron! The pictures could have been of my grandparents too. Thanks for sharing and bring back old memories.

Shiloah Soete-Riedel said...

Such a beautiful tribute to grandmas and aprons. I remember my grandmother always wore one. I wear one now when I'm baking to keep the flour off my backside. I love them!