GRANDMA STEPHENS LIVED IN THE COUNTRY
THERE WAS MUCH WORK TO DO,
SHE WORE AN APRON TO DO HER DAILY CHORES
FARM LIVING IS A BUSY TIME ALL YEAR THOUGH.
THESE SIMPLE COTTON APRONS
WERE MADE FROM A PRINTED FLOUR SACK,
INTO THE POCKETS MANY OBJECTS
SHE OFTEN DID PACK.
THE POCKETS COULD HOLD LOTS OF THINGS
A PENCIL, SOME THREAD, A BUTTON OR A SAFELY PIN,
WAS VERY USEFUL IF GATHERING EGGS
OR SHOOING AN OLD ROOSTER OR A FUSSY SITTING HEN.
PACKETS OF GARDEN SEEDS
SHE COULD TUCK SEVERAL INSIDE,
GRANDMA PLANTED A BIG GARDEN
THIS SHE TENDED WITH LOTS OF PRIDE.
APRONS WERE USED AND WORN DAILY
THERE WERE MANY WAYS THEY HELPED OUT,
PICK UP AN OBJECT - PUT IT AWAY LATER ON
WOULD FEEL NAKED WITHOUT WEARING ONE NO DOUBT.
GRANDMA LIKED TO WEAR HER APRONS
HAD ONE ON ALMOST EVERY DAY,
BUT ON SUNDAY SHE WENT TO CHURCH
THE APRON ON THE CHAIR BACK HAD TO STAY.
A POCKET WAS ALSO VERY USEFUL
THE MAILMAN HAD JUST ARRIVED IN HIS CAR,
COULD STICK THAT SPECIAL LETTER INSIDE
A LOVED ONE HAD WRITTEN FROM AFAR.
GRANDMA NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT GERMS
TODAY SOMEONE WOULD PROBABLY SQUEAL,
SHE WORE HER APRON TO THE BARN, THE CHICKEN COOP
CAME BACK AND PREPARED A HEARTY MEAL.
AT THE BARN WHEN SHE SHELLED CORN
A KERNEL OFTEN WENT ASTRAY,
INTO HER APRON POCKET SOMETIMES
IT FOUND A PLACE TO STAY.
WHILE WORKING AT THE WOOD COOK STOVE
THE APRON PROTECTED HER DRESS,
GREASE FROM FRYING MEAT MIGHT SPLATTER
LEAVE A SPOT AND MAKE A MESS.
THE APRON COULD ALSO BE USED
AS A HANDY POT HOLDER,
IT WAS HELD IN PLACE BY STRAPS
THAT WENT UP AND OVER THE SHOULDER.
ON A HOT SUMMER DAY, AN APRON
COULD BE USED TO WIPE HER FACE,
THESE APRONS WERE SIMPLE AND PLAIN
HARDY EVER WERE SEWN WITH FRILLS AND LACE.
APRONS WERE VERY NECESSARY
BACK IN THOSE "GOOD 'OLE DAYS,"
I MISS SEEING GRANDMA IN HER APRON
GRANNIES TODAY AREN'T LIKE THOSE COUNTRY WAYS.
Written by Adine Stephens Cathey
July 22, 2011
I lived close to my Grandparents farm and visited
any time I wanted to go down through the field to
the big white two story farm house. Grandma would
be busy doing churning, cooking, tending her garden,
doing scrub board laundry, peeling apples to dry...
always some chore to do, and over her dress she wore
her apron. Flour and some animal feeds came in pretty
print cotton sacks. When the flour was emptied into
five gallon tin lard stands, the material was made
into dresses, aprons and sometimes underwear. There
were several different patterns that were cut, then