Monday, April 20, 2009

A New Love for Aprons

Well, I had my first bridal shower yesterday afternoon! It was put on for me by my wonderful family on my dad's side. It was PERFECT! I had so much fun seeing my cousins, aunts, great-aunts, friends, grandma, and moms :) It was truly a blessing.
The theme was "aprons" and it was just perfect! I officially have 4 aprons now, two of them are from my grandma! How cool. Grandma read a reading about the history of aprons and what they really mean....
I don't think some 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 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 egs 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 the 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 walkd 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 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!!
The shower was just so great! Thanks to everyone who put all of your hard work into it just for me!! I love you lots!


Jamie Willow said...

oh I love it! what a wonderful theme. I may steal that for something in the future. I have several wonderful aprons I've found at antique shops and Lisa G made me one once for a cookie exchange that hangs in my kitchen.


and how great to be loved on. glad your shower was so good!

Lindsay said...

steal-away, it is such a fun theme, and totally different from typical shower themes!

Christina said...

what a beautiful story!! so full of history! you are truly blessed to come from such a rich heritage, what a blessing that I know you appreciate so much!!

I need to remember to wear aprons more often, i love wearing them, they make me feel so domestic! not only that but i really do make a mess when i'm cooking/baking that it's necessary!

can't wait to see you in your aprons in your new home when you're married! so fun!!!