Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Grandma's Apron

The History of APRONS

I don't think kids today even know what an apron is. The principle 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.
REMEMBER WHEN 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 today trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love

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  1. This post should be published somewhere!

  2. I have one striped apron. It's just used for grease, though.

  3. My wife has one but I rarely see her use it.

  4. I have an apron. I even wear it a couple of times a week when I'm cooking.

  5. JoeH I agree! It brought back so many memories of both my grandmothers. A friend sent it to me on Facebook. :) It said share it. I don't know who wrote it I tried searching Google for that answer.

    Susie, Alex and Andrew That's very cool that you guys have one! I remember both my grandma's wore aprons. My mom has never worn one. I guess the trend ended with my grandma's generation. I too am a grandma and have never worn one- I don't even own one- but since reading this I'm going to start look in thrift stores and the Goodwill's.

  6. I love this post! And I still use an apron. I feel like I'm really "cookin'" when I put it on.


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