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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Grandma's Apron is back!

What goes around comes around, & I am smitten with that old "apron fever." What a homey, nostalgic & comforting thing to make with all of those repo prints that I love & hoard so much.
I want to wear them, give them, decorate with them & learn about their history! I want to catch a glimpse of the pioneer spirit that inspired them....I want to touch the lives of the children who were nurtured by them...I want to feel the hearts of the women whose tears were wiped by them. NOTHING makes a country kitchen warmer than a bevy of aprons!
The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a holder 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 old 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, it 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 on the porch and waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields for dinner.
It will be a long time before anyone invents something that will replace that old-time apron that served so many purposes. ...Author Unknown

1 comment:

Mom2fur said...

I love aprons! There are so many pretty fabrics out there (not to mention cool patterns) that I'm glad that a)I sew b)I cook c)I always make a mess when I cook. Not that I'd need an excuse for a new apron. You can never have enough, IMHO!


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