For our grandmothers and great-grandmothers (and their grandmothers and great-grandmothers...) aprons were an everyday necessity.
They were used to protect their dresses because they only had a few and were much easier to wash than a dress.
An apron became an ever-handy pot holder and dishtowel. It dried her busy hands and her children's tears.
Her apron gathered eggs from the chicken coop and carried in kindling for the fire.
But somewhere along the way many homemakers stopped wearing aprons. Maybe we wanted to be young, modern women and associated aprons with being a matronly grandmother.
We stopped dressing up to start our day and met the demands of messy children and housework by bumming around in sweatpants if we got out of our pajamas at all.
I've always loved aprons and found them to be a necessity especially during my pregnancies. My growing belly is much closer to the counter and stove top and I am forever getting something splattered on the front of my shirts.
|This tired mama on Thanksgiving. 29 weeks in my vintage Christmas apron.|
But this week I challenged myself to wear an apron everyday, not just while in the kitchen, but as I went through my day.
The first thing I noticed was that I felt more feminine, even when I was just wearing it over jeans and a t-shirt. I felt like a cute 1950's housewife, not at all like a grandmother.
I felt more productive. The apron tied around my waist was a constant reminder that there was work to be done.
It was useful. I found myself searching for the dishtowel much less because my apron was the perfect place to dry my hands. I used it to gather up toys that were on the floor and carry them to their homes. My apron wiped the crumbs from my toddler's face before letting her down from her highchair.
I found that this simple piece of fabric, tied with a bow, changed the way I felt about my day. I put on my apron like a uniform. My day had a purpose. It wasn't just about getting through it, I had a job to do and at the end of the day, when the kitchen was cleaned for the last time, I turned down the lights and untied that apron...and with it I was letting go of all the busyness of the day.