Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mama's Apron

Mama's apron...wrapped so sweetly around our hearts.

*The principal use of Mama'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, Mama 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, Mama 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.

Check back soon for an apron surprise!!

Mary Ann :)


Gert said...

Oh how I love this piece.. I still remember Mom's apron & yes how she used it in these many ways!! I'm not sure how we are getting by these days without one!

xoxo Gert

Miss Val's Creations said...

Very cute! The apron was such a multi purpose item! ~Val

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Mary Ann -- what a sweet post sweet sister! I love aprons :)


Kathy said...

I love aprons - especially those long victorian ones! Beautiful post,

Mariliz said...

I love aprons! I wear one almost everyday!

Rosetta said...

Ciao,grazie della visita e benvenuta nel mio blog!Simpatici i tuoi grembiuli vintage!Ciao,Rosetta