Grandma’s Apron

The following post has been making the rounds on Facebook recently, and whenever I see it, it brings about thoughts of my grandmother.

The History of ‘APRONS’

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principle 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 folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

Grandma used her apron 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.

grandma ellis in apron

Having twelve children, I’m sure my grandmother regularly used her apron for every one of those tasks.

 ~These Days Of Mine~

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15 responses to “Grandma’s Apron

  1. Lovely – I have very fond memories of My Grandmother and her aprons, too — lots of love tucked in the folds 🙂 MJ

  2. I really didn’t know my Grandmother but I agree with you that yours certainly used her apron for many things considering the number of children she had and the duties she had to perform every day. I hadn’t seen that Facebook post but it surely brings back memories to those who remember “those days” !

    Pam

  3. And Mama always wore an apron st home. But that apron came off before she went anywhere and when unexpected company came, she could whisk that apron off in a heartbeat!! She never wore it away from home!

  4. I loved this and had not sen it before. Yes–the apron is kind of a thing of the past, isn’ t it? My mom still wears one religiously but mine is hanging on a nail in the pantry and I rarely ever wear it. What a fun memories this evokes.

  5. Beautiful! 💗

  6. My Mom always wore an apron when she cooked a big fancy meal… Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. My Grandma always had an apron on at home! Love the History of Aprons!!!

  7. I LOVE this history of aprons! I had an aunt who always hid Juicy Fruit gum in the pocket of her apron to share with her nieces and nephews – and there were a lot of us since she was one of 11 children.

  8. that’s awesome. thanks for sharing that. when i was still quite little, my mother wore house dresses and aprons and used them in a lot of these ways. 🙂

  9. Your last comment is exactly what I was thinking after I got about halfway through and could see the top of the picture you had used ; )

  10. I love this history lesson that stirs a few memories for sure. Thank you for posting and sharing this one. One thing that surfaced in our move was my grandma’s blue checked apron on which she had cross-stitched a pattern.

  11. This is a beautiful tribute to the apron and to our Grandmothers and Mothers who used the apron as second-nature as breathing. I still have one of my Grandmother’s apron. I keep thinking I’ll put it in a quilt or make a doll dress out of it. Thanks for sharing this heartwarming snippet of history. 🙂

  12. My mother always wore an apron. So meaningful.

  13. You know, I used to can, without an apron, until I got a bad burn from not wearing one. I sure appreciate your post today!

  14. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    A wonderful reminder of how much love, work, caring, and so much more came from our grandmothers and mothers aprons. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Those aprons served many purposes, I remember a few.

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