Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Grandma's Apron

(image found online)


I Love Aprons
Always have Done
Every Style
Every Colour
It just doesnt matter to me
I just Love Em!

And that is why I love to make them.






Grandma's Apron

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.



2 comments:

  1. I love them too but always forget to actually put them on!

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  2. I love the image you chose to put on this post, and the words are lovely. It really bought the memory of my Nan and Great Gran back to me... I can remember them in the kitchen making pastry wearing their aprons, or on the doorstep polishing it with red boot wax! Lovely post x

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