Friday, June 3, 2011

The Apron

A lovely customer came in today with this note for me. She knows my love of aprons and now I love them even more !
It does come off the internet from an unknown source.

The History of the Apron

I dont think our kids know what an apron is.

The principle use of Grandmas 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 was used as a pot holder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying childrens tears and on occasion was even used for cleaning 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 for 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 the out the hulls.

In the Autumn it carried the 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 verandah, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in for dinner.

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

Send this off to someone who would know ( and love ) the story about Grandmas aprons.


Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her Grand daughters 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 dont think I ever caught anything from an apron.....but love...


Jodie said...

Such a beautiful story of the Apron! Thanks for sharing this.

Swift Jan said...

Thats gorgeous!t

Tiff said...

How fantastic! I have a collection of old aprons... They say something to me about home cooking and treasuring spending time in the kitchen... X