Saturday, January 17, 2009

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 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. Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons. REMEMBER:
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 was on that apron. I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.
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I received this in an E-mail and thought it was great. This story of the Apron is so true. I had to share! Thanks


Pony Girl said...

Oh my gosh, too cute! My great grandma wore aprons and "housecoats", my grandma still wears those housecoats. She used to make them out of old terry towels! I have a couple of vintage aprons (the kind that tie around the waist) and I'm actually looking for one right now to wear while teaching at school, to protect my clothes from paint and kiddo goo! :)

Sarah said...

What does tht say about me - I remember these patterns - my mom wore aprons!! LOL - thanks for sharing!

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Love that! So true, too. I remember an apron my mom would wear. It was pink checked with an apple for the pocket. :) Wish I had that one now...good memories.

Heather said...

I have an apron I wear it occasionally. I remember my Granny and her's but I mainly remember the "house coat". LOL What we would call a Moo Moo dress now! This is a sweet history lesson, glad you shared!

Heather said...

It was a busy weekend! We live in Carlsbad.

Tree said...

Isn't that amazing, it's like aprons are a thing of the past. some people still make them on Etsy. Not quite sure if they're hot sellers but certainly fun to look at.