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Friday, March 13, 2009

THE HISTORY OF APRONS

I thought this was one we could enjoy.

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, 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.

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 !!


5 comments:

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

I loved this! I, for one, love aprons...still use the one that belonged to my dear Mom. I even have a vew displayed in my kitchen...aprons are wonderful.

Guess what??? All of the kittens are back...I'm so happy!

Deere Driver said...

I was thinking of you and LiggyGirl when I saw this.

Glad to hear the kitties are home. Will they be happy when they find out what they're in for?? ;-)

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Oh I know...Friday, the 20th is the big day!!!

cheesychick said...

I love this post...very nice. I, too, love aprons and can not pass them up at yard sales and thrift stores. Great post.

Deere Driver said...

Its interesting how simple things touch people.