On the second of the month Elizabeth hosts "The Second on the Second" on her blog. It is a great reason to look back through some of our posts and find one we'd like to bring back for a second view. Here's mine for February. Be sure to visit Elizabeth and find out what others are offering a second time
MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
I was recently discussing aprons with some friends. How we do or do not wear them. Someone sent me the following "History of Aprons" and it brought back lots of memories. My GGM lived with us until I was in my teens. I don't remember ever seeing her without her apron unless she was going to church.
apron I sent to my cousin last year
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 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.
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. Do you wear and apron? I have several but the languish in a drawer.