Saturday, May 30, 2009

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 only 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. 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 !!!! *
So get out your machine And make yourself one, McCall's still sells patterns for them.


Sandra said...

When I first married I never wore an apron. But then I learned how to cook. Before that I would just open a box or jar and heat it up. Once started cooking, I ruined many a dress or shirt by stains from splattering food. Now I wear an apron almost all day long, and I have many of them.

Barbara said...

Yeppers we do learn don't we sister, heehee I could not even boil water when we first got married, but had to learn quickly, we got so tired of can soup, and peppies Hamburgers, lol I do wear an apron to, they have such nice patterns too.