Monday, September 8, 2008

The History of Aprons

Some of you may have read this before, and if you have, it's worth re-reading. I good friend of mine sent it to me recently and I wanted to share it with all of you who love aprons and "the good old days"! Thanks Jennifer!

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, 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 - and her granddaughters set their's on the window sill to thaw.
These days they would go crazy trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. And I don't think I ever caught any illness from my grandmother's apron.

1 comment:

Lacie said...

I have read about the history of aprons...AND I love it!!! It make me feel pround to me an apron girl!

I am counting down the day until Roundtop!!!!!!!

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