Monday, August 13, 2007

Aprons

I just looked back and it has been over a month since I last posted something ... where has the time gone?? I have been at the trailer with Joey and Emma through the weeks and generally come home on Friday when their parents arrive and then back down Sundays for another week! We are having fun swimming, playing games, bbqing, reading and just generally hanging out ... and of course I am spending way too much money shopping in the US!! I'm going to have to get a part time job to support my habit!! My camera is down there so when I bring it home, I'll put on some pictures. I have also been out at camp cooking ... Family Camp, Middle School Camp and the Young Adults Retreat. What a blessing that has been!! I really know how old I am though! I'm still tired ... can't seem to catch up!!


Here is a little story that immediately brought Gail Fosmark to mind ... along with the ladies out at camp ... Nancy Smith always keeps a rack of fresh aprons sewed out there for everyone! (I'll try to be a little more up to date with my blog!!)


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, 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.Send this to those who would know, and love the story about Grandma's aprons.

REMEMBER: 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.


2 comments:

Sara Mincy said...

Good to hear from you Jude! I have missed you. I know you had fun at camp!!! Never a dull moment with Judy around! :) Wish I could come and go shopping with you!

gailsgarden said...

I read that very same "apron thing" at our Ladies Tea in May this year. Our theme was on vintage cooking and laundry items. You can find pics on my blog in May, 2007, if you are interested. I like the granny pic on your blog.