Thursday, September 20, 2007

Grandma's Aprons

My Dad forwarded this to me and told me to share it with the apron club...so I am! You may have read it already. It's cute.

I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, 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.

4 comments:

Jill Manning said...

I have read this a few times and I love it, I am so glad that you posted in on the blog and I am totally tickled that your dad thought of the Apron Club enough to send it...that's really cool! Thanks for posting Christie!

The McMillans said...

Wow, I am seriously speechless. What a great entry, and this may be the fuel I need to create my next "thing." I am flying solo ladies, no pattern, just me and the tools necessary to make a new creation.

Sorry about my lack-lusterness, I still have a fierce devotion to you all.

Maren said...

That is so sweet. I have never read it before. It reminds me of an earlier post we did about the true meaning of apron. All thses chores the apron were a part of were not selfish or the sole benefit of the owner, but selfless service. God bless all the women who wear aprons, at home or professionally. I salute you!

serw said...

I need this apron in the picture desperately!
Family reunion coming up. This is exact apron grandmother wore! Gotta get it. Help

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