Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Does anyone still wear aprons?

I wonder if anyone still wears aprons any more? I remember my Grandmothers going into the kitchen to cook and putting on an apron before they did anything else. My Mom keeps one hanging by the kitchen light switch and puts hers on before cooking. I rarely wear one. The only time I put one on is when I'm going to bake from scratch. I know my mixer throws flour occasionally. Mine is one my Grandmother gave my husband for Christmas one year. It's red with S'mores people on it. I really like it because it's heavy duty and keeps the flour off my clothes.

Here's something my Mom sent me about aprons and I thought I would pass it on.

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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am messy so if I don't all my clothes are stained and a mess. lol mama-e