Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Is For Apron

It's always fun to look through old patterns and look at the evolution of the Apron. Aprons were used to serve multiple purposes and today they are still widely used but almost as a fashion statement first and a handy kitchen tool second. I have just recently started to wear aprons while cooking and they really do alleviate the need to always know where your dish towel is because you can just wipe your hands on your apron. In addition, you have pockets to place an egg or something small in. I am sure we can all relate to setting an egg on the counter and walking to the other side of the kitchen and hearing the egg splatter on the floor :) Here is a fun little poem on the handiness of an apron. Enjoy!

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 knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be along time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

This poem Grandma's Apron is listed as "Author Unknown" 

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