Happy Mother’s Day 2011

 

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 also because it was

easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons 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 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.

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 were on that apron.

I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron – but love…

 

Submitted by Conrad Wayne Ware

 

 


Comments

Happy Mother’s Day 2011 — 2 Comments

  1. Bertie nee Maxon Hobbs, mother of ten children, adorned her apron with a row
    of at least four safety pins in the event of a run away button or unwanted rip.

  2. Thank you Vicki. My mom always wore an apron and there must be a million more things that apron could do. Happy Mother’s day to you and all.

    Wayne

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