Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Story of Grandma’s Apron

Our daughter sent  this and I thought it was well worth sharing the warm memories with all. 

How many of us remember making these in Home Economics?   I remember mine was purple and white gingham…

Apron 2


The History of 'APRONS' 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 because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons required 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 autumn, 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.

The Govt. 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…BUT LOVE...


  1. The memories that brought back are too many to mention. When visiting my grandparents I can hardly remember a time that I did not see my grandmother in her apron. Then as time past the aprons changed and so did the habits of the younger generation. We'd all be surprised to see a return of Grandma's Apron. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Kathy and Richard,
      What I wouldn't give to go back to the times of Grandmother's apron. We have gained so much in technology and yet lost so much in the process.

  2. My grandmother always had her apron on when I went to visit. Why? She was always in the kitchen making something delish.

    1. Although I don't wear an apron, I still enjoy many of the memories, recipes and meals that came out of grandma's cookbook and kitchen.

  3. So beautiful and true, Grandma used to always wear one.. wish I had kept some of them....

    1. Loree...I do still have some of my grandmother's aprons. She use to also wear those orthopedic types of shoes with a fashionable heel on them...and I can still hear the clunk clunk clunk of her footsteps in the kitchen.


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