Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Grandma's Apron

Do you remember making an apron in Home Ec?


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.

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.

They would
go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs
was on that apron.

P.S. I know
I never caught anything from grandma's
apron.

4 comments:

sherri said...

This is wonderful- brings back so many loving memories.

And yes, I did make an apron in High School Home Ec and got an F on it! I'm SOOOOO not a seamstress! My sister however, made her own prom dress!

Gabrielle Eden said...

Oh Sherri - I am laughing........ha ha, an F!!! I sewed all sorts of my own clothes!!

Jeff B. said...

O.K., I read the 2 previous comments by Sherri & Gabrielle, and my comment is: Women!!!!!! O.K., just kiddin'.

Jeff "57"

P.S. I thought those apron-making packages you could buy decades ago (like the ones pictured in post) had clear instructions & a paper pattern you could lay out on fabric & then cut out the shape. Weren't they like really easy to do & impossible to mess up??
I remember that my sisters and mom would use these pattern things to make some of their own clothes back in the 70's. Memories......

Gabrielle Eden said...

Easy to make, but not impossible to mess up, no, Jeff. It depends on the person. Some people just don't have the knack.