Friday, December 13, 2013

I remember my Mom's apron.........

(Notice that a "Medium" is a size 14-16)

Remember making an apron in Home Ec?
Remember Home Ec?
If we have to explain "Home Ec" you may delete this.
I just don't have the energy anymore. Read on.

The History of 'APRONS.'
I do not 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 and because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons required 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. Also, an occasional runny nose was wiped on the apron 'tails'.

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 autumn, 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.

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons.

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.
The Govt. 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...


Abraham Lincoln said...

I really enjoyed this post because of all the memories related to aprons and mom who wore one and she did all those things with her aprons.

Lois Evensen said...

YES! I not only remember the home made apron, I have the remains of a couple of my Mom's. They are very, very worn and I just won't part with them. She was always wearing one when I came home from school. She was in the kitchen making something wonderful for dinner.

Jackie said...

The very first item I sewed in my life was an apron in home Ec. I remember it to this day....the color, texture, smell and the absolute pride I felt when I completed it.
Wonderful memories stirred here....

Gigi Ann said...

My Mom use to wear one all the time. A few years ago we had a couple come by for lunch, A week or two later a package arrived in the mail as a thank you for the lovely time and food, She made aprons and send me one, what a thoughtful thank you gift that was. I still reach for it when I don't want to spill something down the front of me while cooking. Like Abe that brought back many fond memories.

Wanda said...

Wonderful tribute to aprons. I have a lot of them and wear them especially when I'm making something a little messy.

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent post. I still wear an apron. and none of got sick from hugging someone in an apron. M