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June 4th, 2007, 12:39 AM

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

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, 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.


Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the counter to thaw.

June 4th, 2007, 12:56 AM
Aww, that was sweet :) .

June 4th, 2007, 12:29 PM
I love this. I'm going to send it to my friends because I'm sort of "known" for wearing an apron. Yeah I was born in the wrong decade. ;) But I wear one when I cook and I take one with me to church when I'm serving at a function there. And rubber gloves also. It's silly not to. I have two hanging in my kitchen now, and a couple more in a drawer. I have a favorite Christmas apron, a dressier apron and a couple fancy "half aprons" but mostly I wear the full apron that goes over the head and ties in the back and covers the top half of your clothes too.

This was soooo right up my alley !!:D

June 4th, 2007, 12:57 PM
When I was little, my grandmother sewed me a miniature replica of her apron, because I always wanted to be "just like nana". We would wear our matching aprons when I helped her bake pies and cookies. Thanks for bringing back that memory! :)

Furbaby Momma
June 4th, 2007, 01:24 PM
Well from a little Italian woman who wears an apron, I truly enjoyed this.
Thank You Rainbow for sharing. :)

June 4th, 2007, 01:44 PM
Well from a little Italian woman who wears an apron

Me too Furbaby Momma ! Do you think it's an Italian thing?;) Like the Ray Romano routine where he talks about how his mother and aunts will practically force feed you and he says, "Look out, she's got a cannoli in her apron !!" :laughing:

June 4th, 2007, 02:04 PM
I don't think it's just an "Italian" tradition. My mom wore one and she's Scottish and I can remember lots of my friends moms wearing them too and I have no idea what nationalities they were decended from. :shrug:

June 4th, 2007, 05:16 PM
So it's a "mama" thing then. ;)

Although now that I think of it, I'm pretty sure our Auntie Helen wore and apron too. She wasn't Italian OR a mama. But she was everyone's favorite aunt. Like Aunt Bea from Mayberry. She always had a roast beef in the oven and pie cooling on the windowsill.

June 4th, 2007, 05:55 PM
I had an italian grandmother and a scottish grandmother, and they both wore aprons. :)

June 4th, 2007, 09:35 PM
Ohh, I love this!!! I got two things from my Grandmother after she passed away. A rag-tie quilt that her mother made and one of her aprons. All of us kids took one of her aprons for memories. She always wore one and that really stuck out in our minds when we were cleaning out her things. I'm going to send this to my Mom and sisters, they'll love it! Thanks!

Furbaby Momma
June 5th, 2007, 09:17 AM
:laughing: Joeysmama you are too funny!
I am enjoying this thread, Thank You for putting a smile on my face. :)