I received this email from my sweet friend, Tammy: Thought I’d share:

Remember making an apron in Home Ec? Read below:

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. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons 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 folks 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 don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron – but love…

As I posted this, I remembered my grandmother and my mom wearing their aprons. Especially around the holidays. Thanksgiving, my mom would have hers on from early morning until late into the night. I miss those holidays. I miss my mother and those moments, but the memories I will always have!

Enjoy your day, hopefully in your apron!


6 thoughts on “Aprons

  1. Bonjour Jackie,I really enjoyed this post! You certainly hit the nail on the head, the only thing you caught from an apron was love. My Grandmother and Mother wore them, I confess I usually don't take one minute to tie one on. Luckily a few years back I found a beautiful stash of vintage aprons in a little antique store – in Florida no less!!Hope you're having a great Memorial Day weekend. Mimi

  2. I loved aprons on my grandma when I was little~ and when I went to home economic class for the first time I was so thrilled to get to wear an apron. It’s such a simple thing but represents all of the things we hold dear to us. Thanks for the reminder and the great post 🙂

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