We later added some big red ric-rac between the skirt and ruffle.We also made the babies each a little half apron, because they sure love to help Mom and Grammy cook!
Oh how aprons bring back the memories! There's just something so homey about an old apron, so much history in a little piece of cloth. My sister sent me this little "apron story," and as I read it, the memories of my grandmother started flooding my mind. They could have written this story about her!
The History of Aprons
I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle 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 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 (when the weather was hot, it was used as a fan). 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 summer, the apron was used to bring in peaches that were ripe on 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.
As we celebrate our country's independence, let's also remember all the Grandmas out there who worked hard alongside the men to help make this country great; who doled out strength, understanding, love, and spiritual guidance (and many of those scrumptious apple pies) from behind those work-worn pieces of cloth.
I'm sure most "baby-boomers" have a picture in their mind of someone they love wearing one of those simple little coverings. If the memories come and you have a minute, won't you share your favorite apron memory with us?