I don’t think our kids know what an apron is.

The principle 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 will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for wiping messy faces. 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.

Some of you may recall that Grandma had an apron for every day; but at Christmas, you could be assured she had a special one to wear…..one with poinsettias, cardinals or Baby Jesus manger scenes. Wearing her finest “church” dress for dinner, she would be fussing throughout Christmas day decked out in her favorite holiday apron, basting the turkey while making everyone’s favorite dishes, biscuits and pies.

To carry on with these traditions and perhaps, bring about a sense of nostalgia, Kate’s Kitchen carries a full line of “Flirty Aprons”. Whether you’re looking for something holiday-themed, country chic, fun & cheeky or a little bit of “drama” in black lace, we have it all!

AND remember, the only thing you’ll catch from an apron is…..LOVE!