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The Apron.

I was told recently by two different lady guests that I should continue to wear an apron when I meet guests for the first time.  Both ladies separately shared that there was just something about that apron I was wearing that brought comfort.  I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of months now.  The apron itself was simple – just a chicken on the front.  (The ladies didn’t even mention the design.  They just mentioned the apron.)  I’ve pondered many reasons.  Help me out on this one, would you friends?  What do you think it was about the apron that brought comfort to these ladies?

  1. My thought is that our grandmothers, maybe even mothers, wore aprons much of the time. Tho I visited my grandmother often, I was rarely at her house when she wasn’t wearing her apron, in the middle of preparing a sumptuous meal for the whole extended family. Being greeted by a woman in an apron would somehow bring me back to those wonderful days, long gone now. I would instantly feel loved and nurtured, tho very unlikely on a conscious level. Perhaps it’s cultural. Even those who don’t have the same kind of personal memories I do, do have images from media that convey much the same feelings.

    • Hi Lee! It sounds like the apron takes you back in time to an age you really seemed to enjoy – a pleasant memory. I’m certainly learning from this question.

  2. It is a quick invitation into the heart of a home. For me, the kitchen tends to be for making food and family time. A place of open communication and comfort. Welcoming someone with an apron on feels like an invitation to be a part of the family which can bring a lot of comfort in a new environment.

    • An Invitation. Hum…. An invitation to the heart of the home. So it’s not just a statement to wear an apron but it’s also an invitation. I like that word.

  3. My grandmothers both wore aprons and usually it meant something special coming from their kitchens. Just feels like home when I see someone with an apron on.:)

    • “Just feels like home.” What a wonderful statement that is all encompasing, Diane.

  4. I definitely agree with Maggie. I also feel that it is a motherly symbol. These women probably needed a mother figure and a lot of communication happens when people are in the kitchen cooking. I know a good friend of mine would always talk her mother while she was cooking and she also wore an apron. They would end their conversation each time with the mother wiping her hands off on that apron and giving my friend hug. I never felt you of place in their home, but I do always remember her mother wearing an apron. She had different ones for each season, which just brought a little joy to anyone who saw them!

    • Thanks, Oakley, for thinking about this with me! I can almost smell the foods of this kitchen! I so love the statement about wiping hands and then a hug. What a visual!

  5. I love aprons, and what they represent for me is that someone is taking time to make me a meal or treat from their heart. My grandmother always had one on, so I think of the love from her kitchen as she prepared food that no one else could duplicate! I can see her hands kneading dough, and stirring peanut brittle on a metal board at her kitchen table. She is gone, but I have a few of her aprons that I treasure. In the busyness of our generation, one thing that is not happening much is homemade meals prepared with love from our homes, it is such a treat to have someone prepare a meal for you in their home, and it is equally a treat to entertain in our own homes!

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