Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The History of Aprons

"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.

Thank you to Karen for sending this to me. It brought back so many good memories. I dont remember my grandma without her apron handy.Mostly it was on but if not it wasnt far away. She even warmed chicks and one time I remember her moving a garden snake by holding it in the pocket.I loved this thank you again!

2 comments:

Jan said...

That's fabulous!! Now I want an apron.....

Karen said...

Becca - you are welcome! My grandma always had on an apron as well and it was the first thing I made in 7th grade home ec - a purple check fabric which I still have. Guess I haven't worn it enough to wear it out! Now where did I put that......