The Apron and It's Many Uses.....

 I did a post last year on Aprons and wanted to share a bit more because I love the idea of the apron.  
Today our aprons are made of such pretty and not so durable fabric,  and  we women today, tend to use our apron as a fashion statement.

 I still don't think our kids know what an apron is. 

The Apron is something all women can relate to weather we use one or just have one hanging on a hook in our kitchen.  
(Mine is on a hook and never used)

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.. 
 The pockets of Grandma's apron were a treasure trove. There at hand was almost everything she could possibly need at a moment's notice: handkerchief, scissors, pencil, measuring spoon, safety pin ... you name it.
And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow when bent over the hot wood stove. 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.

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. 

Today most people would go crazy  trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an Apron - but love...

Do you have an apron or two and if you do, what do you use them for?



Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I love a pretty apron and my friend gifted me with one for my birthday not long ago. I am planning to share it using this same story in a couple of weeks. My uncle had sent this same apron story and I've been waiting to use it. I think it's so cute. I have such fond memories of my grandmother wearing hers. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.


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