Most people I know don’t wear aprons anymore. I guess some foodies, chefs, or bakers do, but the daily wearing of aprons for home cooking, is probably a thing of the past. Like many pieces of my past, aprons bring nostalgia.

My mother had a lovely assortment of aprons. She had everyday aprons made of inexpensive, floral-print cotton. Some she embroidered. I remember her making many aprons from all colors of gingham fabric. She used black embroidery thread to cross-stitch designs along the bottom of the apron. My favorite was a lilac gingham apron with little windmills and dutch girls. I wished that one could be mine, but I was only 7. Sometimes she gave these aprons as gifts or donated them to sell at the Church Bazaar.

Mama also had Sunday aprons that were a little fancier. They were made from organdy (a dressy translucent fabric), trimmed in lace or with ruffled edges. But even those were not as fancy as her party aprons which she got out for when she had invited guests for dessert or other social events. As a child, I could often take cues for my behavior based on the apron mama was wearing. I knew that the fancier the apron, the more I needed to stay out of her way and be as helpful as possible.

An apron is a simple piece of clothing, but to me, an apron is love.

8 thoughts on “March 17, 2015

  1. Lovely words for loving memories. I wish I had some of my grandmothers’ aprons. I remember they wore them. My granny wore big sun bonnets. Wish I had one of those. Nostalgic memories always bring friends. D ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I wear a chef’s style apron when I cook, I’m a slob! I still remember the aprons my mom made to match the bride’s maid’s dresses for my sister’s wedding. Yellow with white lace.

  3. My mama was a working mom before most moms worked outside the home. I do not remember her ever wearing an apron. When she cooked she threw a dish cloth over her shoulder. But a few years ago I became enamored with aprons and bought a slew on ebay. They were not very expensive. I wondered what stories they held. I bought them for a kitchen display but never quite finished it. Humm…a project reminder. Thanks!

  4. My mom had aprons, but she didn’t wear one often. My husband’s aunt who raised had a lot, and she did wear them. I used one when I cooked for a training weekend for college students who were volunteering in churches in our area …it said: “This is no ordinary housewife you are dealing with.” My friend who also was one of the cooks had an identical one. And we each bought a stool to use in the camp kitchen, and charged it to our supervisor’s account- we did it and asked forgiveness instead of permission. Another special apron I have was made for me by a friend, using a mola. We were military wives in Panama.

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