Friday, February 6, 2009

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.

Send this to those who would know, and love, the story about Grandma's aprons. Or it can be a good history lesson for those that have no idea how the apron played a part in our lives.And don't forget the string of safety pins!!

I recieved this as an email and just loved it. I have always loved aprons. I don't always wear one (only when I think about it), but I would love to start. I never got the opportunity to know my dad's mom, I really wish I did. She always wore an apron and my aunt said she still remembers her carrying eggs inside in her apron. I would love to have one of her aprons. Just to know the stories that an apron holds is really special to me. I have really started liking vintage or antique things, especially kitchen type things, because of the story behind them. I guess it makes me think of how hard the ladies before us worked to take care of their family and now we have so much technology and things to make life simple and I crave a life like the good ole days. When things were simpler, even though you worked twice as hard.

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