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
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After 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.
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,
except maybe a little Love and Caring !
Guess what? Aprons seem to be making a come back! They are once again readily available in the market place. BUT, some of the best I've seen are featured in a great etsy shop called Aprons and More. I'll share just a few pics of those beautiful handmade aprons here but, please, go and look for yourself.
Don't need an apron at the moment, but looking for a good read?
Check out her blog here. From her home in "middle" Georgia this great woman shares a warm loving look at family life, sharing the adventures of such characters as Sweet Mama, Skippy and Beau, among others. (By the way, Beau is one of those 4-footed, furry family members. You know the kind, they think they rule the world!)