Sunday, August 2, 2009

~~ The Apron ~~

~ My friend Judy shared this with me ~


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,and 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 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 windowsill 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 don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.


  1. Hi Marydon,
    Ooohhh I loved this post !! I soo remember all the aprons worn, and on the holidays,all the women wore aprons.. I remember when my Granny made us girls our own special aprons, and how we loved those !! Very sweet ... hoping your day is only wonderful and blessed !!
    hugs ~tea~xo

  2. This post has brought back so many memories for me. It makes me think about my great grandmother and all of her aprons. Many of them thread bare and stained but still perfectly functional. And yes,after all these years we are still alive and have not died from "Apron Disease" or from "Dirty Apron Syndrome". LOL.
    xxoo, Susan

  3. My Grans all wore aprons and I still have a few of them. I collect any I see at sales too!!! My girls have their own also and I try to give them as gifts as much as I can!! I love to wear mine and to disply the tiny ones in my kitchen.. I am a bit bigger than women were back in the day...tee hee. Thanks for the apron love post!!!

  4. I love aprons. I got all kinds of aprons. Of course mine have cute and witty sayings on them instead of the pretty ones my grandma used to wear. My favorite is the one that says "Who are these kids and why are they calling me Mom?" As sloppy as I am, they do have a purpose in my house still.

  5. I am the envy of the sisters-in-law because I was given my husband's mother's apron. Not that any one of them would actually wear it- they don't cook!! She wore what would best be described as a smock- it covered everything. It was carried up to the altar in her funeral procession as one of her precious belongings. Bright, gaudy orange print... I wear it when I fry foods. My godchild and niece has hinted that she would someday like to have it. Thanks for a great post! Sue

  6. It's remarkable but I was just thinking about aprons the other day. I was wondering why I never wear one when I have two or three. Not that they are particularly nice ones.

    I suppose I don't bake or cook a lot. When I do I wipe my hands on a tea towel.

    I tend to wrap mine around my granddaughter when she has good clothes on and is eating something messy. I was thinking about making one for her and embroidering it with her name and appliqueing pictures on it.

    I can't see your picture for some reason.

  7. Brings back so many fond memories.

  8. Wonderful post. Aprons seem to be coming back. I know my daughters love them!

  9. Sweet post Marydon. I never ever saw my great grandmother that she didn't have her apron on when she was in the house. If company came, she'd strip it off and throw it aside, but other than that she had it on. AND she kept yummy Cinnamon Candy discs in one pocket, and her teeth in the other pocket. LOL!!!!!! she really did. ;) Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
    ♥ Teresa

  10. I do sometimes where an apron in the kitchen, one of those that goes over the head; though I was never handy enough to use as a potholder.

    Last garage sale I hit, I purchased a cute little red apron, plan to give it to my great niece as part of her Christmas gift.

    nice post

  11. What a wonderful post.I have always loved aprons! I think that is because of my Grandmother who always had one on. When I was teaching Kindergarten and First Grade I always wore an apron in class..kept my little plastic scissors handy to open ketchup packets etc for the kids.

    Aprons...a VERY GOOD THING...


  12. I don't know anyone that wears aprons anymore. My Grandma always wore one in the kitchen. And just like Mildred's post (Nalley Valley) talked about ladies hats, not many lady's wear them anymore either. We're all so casual. Kinda sad.

  13. That is a true poem...enjoyed reading it...for some reason the picture just shows a red X

  14. Marydon...I love this post and all the wonderful memories of my sweet granma and mom it brings to mind...they always wore an apron...maybe that is why I love wearing them now. I'm always looking for them at garage and antique sales....can't have too many and I
    tie one on very day...hugs, Linda

  15. I never wear an apron but am always getting something on my clothing. Let's face it, I'm not a neat cook. Maybe I need to think about sewing myself one?

  16. This post brings back good memories of my grandmothers, they both wore aprons all the time. I have one half apron that is cute. I don't wear it though. I think I need to find some more!

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  18. I'm a big apron fan, too! My mother and grandmother always wore aprons for the holidays, especially. Have lots of photos of my grandmother in her apron -- and what I wouldn't give for a slice of my grandmother's apple pie. Take good care and lots of hugs!

  19. What a nice post. I so remember both of my grandmothers wearing aprons every day. It brings back very fond memories!! Thanks for sharing !

  20. I love aprons and never wear them. I just bought two adorable ones at an antique fest a couple of weeks ago. I'm saving them for Christmas baking!

  21. I think Jackie has something there.I know people in the village that get food on them ever time they eat. I am starting to do that to. We need aprons.

  22. Hi...stopping back by to let you know I can see the pictures now!☺

  23. Ah Yes, Marydon, what a walk down memory lane! I loved it! Every single word brought to mind my mother and grandmother. They had so many different aprons; one for dress;one for dirty work; one for Thanksgiving, Christmas. My grandmother wore hers on picnics!!! As soon as she put on her dress...on went the apron!! How fun! Thank you & Bless you Marydon!!

  24. This post makes me want to wear my apron all the time. LOVE IT! Thank you for the nostalgic trip in time.

  25. Hi Marydon,
    What a cute post, I remember my grandmother doing most of those things with her aprons, thank you for this wonderful memory.

  26. Hi Marydon, Oh I love this post. Just love aprons too and everything you said about them. My Grandma always wore an apron, made aprons, did fancy handwork on aprons and yes carried veggies in from the garden. You brought back such wonderful memories through this sweet post. I just love that about your creative posts. Thank you for sharing.

    Also, thank you for stopping by and your kind comments on my vintage window.

    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  27. Hi Marydon,

    Lovely history about the Apron.
    I did the same post a while back, as someone had sent me that, in an email too.
    I love wearing my aprons when I am baking or cooking.

    Enjoy your week

  28. Oh I love this post! This is great. My children would not know what an apron is either! Funny, huh? or sad.

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  30. My Friend,
    This post is delightful! I remember my dear mother wearing her apron not so very long ago. What beautiful memories this brought to my mind. Thank you, my dear.

    In Gracde,

  31. This is so a beautiful post..Lovely..Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

  32. I love old aprons and have collected a few of them, but funnily I don't wear apron when I cook!

  33. Thanks for the heart warming post. My grandmother's apron is not fancy and a little faded but it certainly holds lot of wonderful memories in it's little pocket.

  34. Oh I just loved this post. And seeing the old pattern. I was just sewing a button on my husbands shirt this morning, and wondered if I have spent enough time showing my kids how to sew!

    My daughter always wore aprons as a little girl...My mom too!

  35. Hi!
    Oh I love my aprons. I have several that my Mother had & I have one that is a Christmas Apron that I can remember her wearing during the holidays!!
    These memories are precious to me... I also wear an apron when I cook!!
    Wonderful Post!!

  36. This is a "Martha" post. I absolutely loved going back in time to remember in my head, my grandmother and my aunts all wearing aprons, and when they were threadbare, they became useful as rags, and memories of the aprons kept going...
    I remember making aprons as Christmas gifts and they were loved as well

  37. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane with the aprons.....yes!

  38. I enjoyed reading your post about aprons. I adore aprons and use them all the time! My grandma never went without one. Since I use them all the time, my thoroughly modern daughters use them to!! Makes me happy to see them in one! Hugs!!