This is very appropriate because of the Holiday Season. You may want to share it with your family and friends (who know what it means to wear an apron) who you may be seeing this Thanksgiving or Christmas.
This stirred up a lot of memories for me, and I bet they will for you, too.
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-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.
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 never caught anything from an apron…But Love. (Author Unknown)
NOTE: This poem Grandma's Apron is often listed as "Author Unknown" but the original version was written by Tina Trivett. Take a look at the original poem:
Treasure Map's reader, Gloria Reeves, shared this wonderful idea with me. She said:
"I have seen the poem, 'Grandma's Apron.' Last year I printed this poem and then purchased a vintage (old) apron off ebay. I gave it to my daughter-in-law as one of her Christmas presents. She loved it." (Gloria Reeves)
This idea is so good, that I am going to do the same for my Mother. It's the perfect gift idea for me, because my Mom is a legendary cook. She is known for her amazing meals and enjoys cooking for her family. I'm the cook in our household, and Mom taught me everything I know.
Here are Vinatage Aprons that are on eBay, Right Now
If You Enjoy Sewing, You Can Also Get Vintage Apron Patterns