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Friday 13 February 2009


My friend sent me this email it made me smile so I thought I would share it.

REMEMBER making an apron in Home Ec? Read below:

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.


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 were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.


Locket Pocket said...

How lovely! I really enjoyed reading that! Thanks for sharing! Lucy x

Anonymous said...

So true, i can't remember my grandmother without an apron.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

loved your story on the apron, I always remember my granny wearing one and for a time my mom also. Mom quit wearing one in the mid 60's and the revolution was on! I don't think I ever owned one although in home ec back in the early 60's I did make one, but have a feeling it got tossed after class grade was in!

Cicero Sings said...

I often wear an apron ... especially when working with flour! I want to make a few aprons ... (they are making a comeback it seems) ... one for my little niece but I need a pattern.

Oh, and I do think people have become goofy over germs!

Melanie said...

I'm tucking this post away--- great writing.... and reading.

annemariesquilt said...

Great story about the apron and yes my mother used them all the time. I can still hear her singing:" oh my darling , oh my darling , oh my darling Clementine....." . Very good memories!
I wish you a wonderful weekend!!

Unknown said...

This story is great, you can imagine everything it describes.

Sorrow said...

I have a collection of my grandmother and great grandmothers aprons.
I have about..10 of my own personnel ones, and if you see me at home with out one, well it's a rare day indeed ( I probably am On my way in or out)
I have an awesome pattern from past patterns/folkware for an apron I love!
this was great leanne!

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful story...I remember my Mom always wearing an apron. I also remember making that classic Home Ec apron in gingham...!!!
These days, I'm thinking about whipping up one for myself in some funky fabrics!!!
I don't think they'll ever go "out of style"!!!
Mary Ann

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

How lovely! My grandmother had a wood stove and an apron like that!

Levin said...

That story is fantastic and I think we should bring back the apron - life seems much better with an apron on :)

Teodo said...

Great post...........I love the apron and one is always hunged in my kitchen.
ciao ciao

Jeni said...

i love this post....
feel like making a apron... and rushing into the kitchen.... and doing some baking
also brings memories of my grannie

Julie said...

I love this description. We should all start wearing them again.

Elly D said...

Wonderful story of the apron. It certainly makes you want to go and make one. Elly in Scotland wearing a shop bought one at the moment :))