Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Apron

A friend and follower sent me this today :)  I really enjoyed it and thought I'd share it with you along with a little bit of my own smart ass commentary.  I love aprons. Coming soon is a picture of an apron, I originally made for one friend but decided it would not be flattering on her so as soon as I master a button hole on my sewing machine, it's going to another friend. Don't tell her she will match my kitchen curtains :)

Notice that at a "Medium" is a size 14 - 16.  I was born too late. I could have been bordering on petite :)

Remember making an apron in Home Ec? Read below:

The History of 'APRONS'
I don't think our kids know what an apron is. (Okay it starts off a little extreme :))

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.  (Ewww)

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks (who didn't want to be dinner), and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. 

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids (with dirty ears.)

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 (to cook the fussy chick :))

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables (to add to the soup with the fussy chick :))

After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls (to give to the pigs who didn't know they were next.).
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees (because if Grandma had worn pants she could have gotten the fresh picked apples on the tree.)

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds (but then the dust settled into the kid's dirty ears ))

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 (and maybe Grandpa would get himself a little dessert?)

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER:  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. (Well that's just plain insulting) They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. (Could explain why people live longer now?)   I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love (and maybe a little ear wax)

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