Fun Monday #28, Aprons
I forget to wear an apron. I have a few hidden somewhere.
Usually I splash spaghetti sauce on my favorite white blouse before I remember. Or, while adding mustard to the potato salad, the container burps a dollop on my tan slacks. After those type of events you would think that grabbing an apron would be my first course of business upon entering the kitchen. My mom was more concerned and always donned hers.
Mom’s apron was forever damp from leaning over the sink or the stove. Beneath the waistband, it was soon threadbare.
In the early years, she wore a bib apron that required strings tied around her neck as well as in the back. However, as she aged and put on some extra weight around the middle she only wore half aprons.
Money was always scarce and a new apron was not a priority. In the event that a house dress wore out or became too small, mom would salvage the least worn material, cut a pattern, and sew it into an apron. When the apron wore out she cut the usable pieces into squares to be used as cleaning rags.
She was the original recycler.
The picture below right is me and my mom in her apron on the slope above our house. On the left, Grace, my mom's mom, looks just as I always remember her... in her apron. I couldn't find a picture of the hubby's Gram Jennie in her apron. But, I kept one of her aprons when she died. It looks like something she purchased in the seventies.
Grandma Grace had a half-brother who ranched somewhere in Idaho. He and his wife Eliza, in her apron, are in this amazing photo from the late 1800's. I hope Ree from Confessions of a Pioneer Woman stops by to see this one.
Grandma Grace's mother was Augusta.She wasn't camping in the picture at the left taken around 1900.
This was a way of life as the family followed the crops and greener pastures.
She's wearing her apron.
Great Grandma Bessie, on the hubby's side, didn't take her apron off when she posed with her family.
Most likely she was busy puttering around in the kitchen in 1944 when she was summoned.
There were so many great ladies in our family that wore aprons. I may go shopping for a special one just for me.
In the meantime, grab your apron and get cookin' over to Ms. Cellania and visit all the other participants in today's Apron FUN.