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September 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Family and Friends

I think the Mike Cockrill Show really got into my head the other night.

From the “Just in From Mom Department.”

Once again, those of you who read my blog know I post the occasional email from Mom. I try to encourage her to blog but she doesn’t have the time. So consider her my correspondent on this thought I have edited it. While it does seem old school, I can proudly say my wife still wears the Apron on occasion. It’s one of the things I love about her. And they’re so sexy!

“An olden days thought that I liked…


Medium Apron

Medium Apron

(Notice that a “Medium” is a size 14 – 16)

I don’t remember making an apron in the house but when women stayed home, it wasn’t uncommon. Read below:

mcalls apron

mcalls apron

The History of ‘APRONS:

Kids don’t 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 folk 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.


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…

I wondered about who the actresses are that can portray “Mom in the 60’s.”

I came up with Kristin Scott Thomas, Andie McDowell, Monica Bellucci, Julianne Moore, Diane Lane, Marisa Tomei, Melinda Clarke, Charlotte Ross, Jeri Ryan…. you mean 7 of 9? Okay, that’s a whole ‘nother fantasy.

Sometimes I think I was born too late.

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