Friday, 17 February 2012

The Apron!

I recently received an email from my lovely friend, Amanda,

who had received it from her dad.

Too good to read and then throw in the deleted bin...

I thought I would share it with you.




I don't think our children 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 also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses
and aprons 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 folk 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.

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons.


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 - but love...


KC'sCourt! said...

Lovely poem - My granny always wore an apron, I don't remember actually seeing her without one unless she was going out.
Julie xxxxxx

The Weaver of Grass said...

This is absolutely lovely. I remember my mother wearing these big aprons and it is quite right - they were used for absolutely everything.

Anonymous said...

I thought that you might like to share's lovely!
I'm a pinny wearer, are you?
Lol Amanda (Shabby Chick) xxx

Carol said...

Lovely. My Mum and Nan always wore one and I tend to wear my 'pinny' more often than I used to. I bought a lovely handmade one from and a vintage one from ebay.
Carol xx

Anonymous said...

Oh! oh! I think it is now time to come out of the closet and admit that I am a pinny wearer too

Daisy said...

I LOVE aprons! I would wear one all the time if I could. I have made several new vintage pattern aprons and wear them as dresses over jeans, leggings or a frilly underskirt.
love em love em love em :) x