My father-in-law recently sent me the following e-mail. OK, I skipped printing the part that said to pass it on and a few other silly comments but, it really did bring me back and make me think about my 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 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..
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.
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 - but love"
I don't remember my Grandma wearing an apron but I do remember my Auntie wearing hers (she still does) whenever she was in the kitchen. And I can tell you like me it's a lot. It protected her clothes and gave her a spot to wipe her hands. I think her love of cooking landed right in my heart.
I have a few aprons of my own. The first I made in Girl Scouts. It was for our sewing badge -a reversible patchwork apron. We learned basting, pinning, hand and machine sewing. But most of all I learned I HATED sewing. I will sew a button back on but other than that safety pins and duct tape work wonders. Having someone take pity on me for using safety pins worked a few times as well. But, my smartest move was to marry handsome hubby who loves to sew. But, I digress.
|My apron - sewing project 1970 something|
The second apron I bought two decades ago. I was in a cute little kitchen shop on Cape Cod with my boyfriend at the time. It was beautiful - floral, heavy material and pockets. It hung in my kitchen for years. And then one day, many years later, I realized that maybe it would work better if I put it on. That realization came with having kids and making supper as soon as I came home from work. When I was single I could come home, change my clothes and putter before making dinner. A little splash here, some grease there didn't matter to my comfy clothes. But, it did to my work clothes. This is the apron you will see me walking around my studio in. It has served me well. And I still think it's beautiful - even with a few stains and a small rip in it. I love the pockets for stashing things in and the heavy material that nothing soaks through.
|My blue floral apron|
I also have two aprons at home that I use regularly when cooking. One a present from my hubby - a little herby, witchy vibe and the other has a raven on it and says Ravenous. As you can see they are well used. And now that I have learned the appeal of my Auntie's apron I have to stop myself from collecting a few more.