Thursday, March 1, 2012

The history of the apron

( Notice that a medium is a size 14-16)

This is something that my father in law emailed to me.  Just had to share!

The history of the Apron

 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 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. 
    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...  

1 comment:

  1. What a delightful post. I have never thought about aprons having a history and now I'll always look at them that way. Bought myself an apron last fall. It's black and white with "kitchen queen" in hot pink letters. Don't think it'll create memories like the ones in your post.