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-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.
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 never caught anything from an apron....But LOVE.
Love the post. Makes me think of my little Grandma standing by the stove with her apron on...thank goodness I even have a picture. and I was smart enough to save all her aprons. Thanks for the memories you evoked!ReplyDelete
I have a couple of my mother's aprons.
And I myself may wear one occasionally, but not to do all the things mentioned here. (For one, nobody sits on the front porch waiting for dinner to be served!)
I adore this post, so precious! I found a few of my mother's aprons last year and I have been wearing them.ReplyDelete
Beautiful aprons. I should wear one too instead of cheap, ugly clothes. :)ReplyDelete
Oh how great is this post for the letter A! I love all your great collection of aprons. Very cool.ReplyDelete
Love that quote, too.
SWhat a wonderful A post. I still love to wear my only apron maybe once a year.lolReplyDelete
I've taken to wearing one myself lately.
How wonderful to have the old aprons. I have my mother's. I washed it but it doesn't look any better so she must have worn it plum to death.ReplyDelete
You have a very nice assortment of vintage aprons. There are so many things this generation does not appreciate as having not been around in the good ole days.ReplyDelete
I have that saying on my inspiration board! I do wear full aprons in the kitchen... I'm a sloppy cook:@)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for visiting my little blog and your sweet comments re my grandma's sewing machine, Sue! & I sure did notice your darling sewing machine in this post. :)
I also have my mom's Featherweight - I need to research how old it is.
We are currently obsessed with Ancestry.com over here and I just noticed your genealogy links on your sidebar, I will look forward to checking them out.
Happy Memorial Day weekend to you!
I loved your post it was so nostalgic. I love those "good ol' days." I'm from Texas, too. I have lived in arkansas for the past 10 years or so. That pear apron is so cute. Have a great weekend.ReplyDelete
My sweet DIL collects aprons. I am not ready to give her my favorite apron, shaped as a fried egg, just yet, but I may in the future. This is a wonderful post. Aprons were so essential to women in days gone by. We could save a lot of money if we used them today!!!ReplyDelete
Wonderful post. I think I will make some aprons. I used to make them for my mother and sadly did not keep any of them.
Love the Featherweight. I found one last summer in Maine and can't wait to get her sewing this summer!
I wear an apron everyday when I cook because I am short and messy and things just seem to "jump" on me. I LOVE this post because I think aprons are a reflection of the person who owns/wears them. Thank for for showing and sharing yours. Have a terrific weekend.ReplyDelete
I love wearing aprons. Especially bright cheerful ones.ReplyDelete
I love aprons, but I'm not such a talented seamstress. These are too cute!ReplyDelete
fun stuff. every once in a while I get the urge for an apron but I know that if I made one or bought one it would just sit in a drawer. :(ReplyDelete
Loved the apron pictures, but loved that last line the best about never catching anything from an apron but love!ReplyDelete
Oh wow. What an amazing post!ReplyDelete
I absolutely adore all your aprons...and that last line...
What a perfect, homey, wonderful, nostalgic, smile-invoking link to the letter "A"!
Thank you for sharing this.
cool post. Just finding you through another blog. Love your design! Became a follower so I can check back now and then. L:-)ReplyDelete
I love my aprons! I use them a lot and had a few made by dear friends! My mom always wore an apron and she always had a tissue or two tucked in the pocket! I love your post!ReplyDelete
Hi Sue! Thank you for your very nice comment on the cowboy boots (http://howling-liz.blogspot.nl/2012/06/cowgirl-boots.html)!ReplyDelete
I really like this post about aprons! I love aprons!