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Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Old Apron

A friend forwarded this email to me. I don't forward emails, but I loved this. Especially since I am an apron girl! I wear one every day and my boys often need to remind me to take it off when we get in the car to go someplace. I wish I knew to whom I should give the credit for writing this.  It consistently has high traffic and is a much visited post.  I think it resonates with many of us!
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(Notice that a "Medium" is a size 14-16)

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 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 now 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 love...

4 comments:

Rebecca Talley said...

Love this! I need to wear an apron because I splatter food all over my clothes, but I never even think of it. I didn't grow up with anyone wearing an apron, but wish I had after looking at these pics. Very cool!

Mencl's said...

I love this. When I think of aprons I think of a woman who has it all. It makes me want to simplify and prioritize what I do with my time.

Anonymous said...

What a nice story. I wear an apron every day over my uniform. My apron is similar style to the one the lady filling lamps is wearing. When you see a woman wearing an apron you know she means buisness.

Kim.

Wordstock said...

Thanks for sharing the aprons. I found this on Pinterest and enjoyed the pictures and the prints.