Momma's Apron

Remembrances of my childhood...

During my childhood my mom used to sew dresses for the little girls and shirts for the little boys. If she wasn't making something new, she was probably repairing something damaged. The only thing I ever remember her sewing for herself, were her aprons. Mom always wore an apron. Nothing fancy, just one she made for herself on her old Singer sewing machine out of left over gingham or other scraps. Her apron had a prominent place in our home, the doorknob to her room. She said it was convenient there, the first thing she put on in the mornings as she left her room and she always removed it as she retired for the night.

nothing fancy...
nothing fancy...

grabbing her apron and puttin' it on...

She would scurry from her room in the mornings grabbing her apron and puttin' it on as she made a bee line for the kitchen to get the day and breakfast started. Using both hands she would open cabinets and the fridge gathering whatever she needed to start preparing for that day. If we didn't have the eggs already she would head out back and gather eggs from the hen house placing then gently in her apron. She would work methodically gathering, washing, filling, cracking the eggs and slicing the meat and bread. She might let me get the cereal out but she always poured it learning whether she needed to get replacements for next week at the market.

Did your mom wear an apron?

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you never found dishes in her sink...

After each meal we kids would help mom gather the dishes to wash. She never had a mechanical dishwasher. Sometimes one of us kids might volunteer to wash if we wanted something bad enough, but that was rarely. Mom did not believe in putting anything off till later, especially the dishes. She said it was a reflection on the lady of the house and you would never find dishes left in her sink. I remember before we got a hot water heater that she would heat the water to wash the dishes on the stove. Then, using her apron she would handle the hot pot and transfer the water to the sink.

she would carry a nice load of fresh apples from under the tree

With that old apron she carried eggs from the hen house, firewood, clothes to be hung out to dry, gathered clothes pins, carried corn, beets, potatoes and other vegetables from the garden to the table or even to carry a nice load of fresh apples from under the tree to the sink to be looked then quartered or peeled before cooking. She would pour dried beans in her lap and look each one making sure there were no little rocks in the bean pot to break a tooth on. During canning season, she always wiped each mason jar with that apron making sure it was sealed good before placing it on the shelf.

she always wiped off the cover of her old Bible

I know I've missed many more instances just to say that old apron was as common as shoes on your feet. Just suffice it to say, momma wore her apron proudly. It wasn't all frilly like those you might see in a mail order catalog, just a plain print pattern, but I always thought she sure looked pretty in it.

That old apron was used to wipe the blood from a dozen or two stubbed toes or cracks to the back of the head and more than once she had me blow my little nose in that old apron or she would carefully wiped back the tears from my sad eyes like after my new puppy died. Many times she wrapped that old apron over my shoulders to warm my bare arms because of a chilly night air. And she always used her apron to wipe the sweat from her brow or even to clean her glasses. Oh yes, one more time I remember her using that old apron, she always wiped the cover of her old Bible each day before she opened it for our daily devotions.

© 2010 SamSonS

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"Quill" 6 years ago

Mom's are all beautiful in all ways, special as they looked after so many things in life we as children took for granted. Your Mom would love what you have written here, certainly well worth the vote up...

Blessings Brother

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

What a lovely tribute to your Momma. She would be very proud of you.

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TimeHealsAll 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I rememeber my Mom doing these same things with her apron. It was a very handy tool back then. My Mom always used hers to keep her dress clean as she knew what the day would bring. This is a lovely and heartfelt hub!

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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

We lived in the city so we had hot water, but bought our eggs and milk. doing dishes wasn't a matter of volunteering it was assigned duty.I'm sure she wore aprons but probably not all the time. Your memories are interesting.

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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Aprons are back in too:) Don't know that people think of using them for all the things your mother used them for? Funny how one item like an apron, can bring back so many good memories. Back then they did where the aprons all the time, because they were in the kitchen or garden most of their day! Great Hub:)

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

WOW! This one got away from me-- been having issues with email duplication, sorry I'm not responding separately to each individual comment...

*thanks Quill, for your encouraging comments...

*thanks drbj, for your visit...

*thanks TimeHealsAll, for sharing your reminisce...

*thanks dahoglund, for your remarks...

*thanks heart4theword, for your inspiring comments...

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Kristeen 6 years ago from Michigan

Nice hub Samson. Thanks for sharing the memories of your mother. She was definitely a special lady. Once again, I truley enjoyed reading. Blessings!

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

What great memories. Mothers are so special thank you for sharing your memories with us.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Kristeen for your always nice comments...

*thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals for your friendship, your visit and your nice remarks...

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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

My mom didn't wear an apron (she wore a robe, lol), but my grandmother did. Even though I was very young when she died, I can still see her in her apron. I also remember stories my mom would tell about my grandma and her apron.

What a great tribute to your mother! Thanks for sharing!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

tank you Specialk3749 for your encouraging remarks...

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Enjoyed the sharing memories of your mother's apron!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks bayoulady, always enjoy your nice comments...

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful, my friend. I love to read your hub. You remind love mother more of our lives. She is special person for me, I am to close with her. She is a place for me to share my problem and always care until I grow up. You share happiness by writing this hub. Good work, my friend. I can't wait to vote this Up.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks prasetio30, always glad to see you and I enjoy your encouraging comments.

Blessings to you my friend...

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

samson1: What a great memory! It's amazing the number of uses for an apron. We never had one in the house, and even now I don't have one in my home. Never felt a need for one.

Brother Dave.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Bro Dave for you comments. Even though mom's apron was functional, I believe the main purpose was to protect the clothes underneath...

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matt6v33 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

hello young man,

was kinda wondering after this "reflection" and your great hub topics, "Hmmm, am i related to this writer"? so many similiar life experiences, sure do appreicate you, and oh, "Off The Record" I wear an apron at all times, while in the kitchen! :)

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks matt6v33, for your comments, as for relationship - I'm your brother, in Christ...

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

protect the clothes underneath, and I thought getting messy and dirty was a part of cooking or what ever else we did.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Samsons, Beautiful! Thank you for sharing such lovely memories! My mother made me more frilly dresses than I can count and when I got older pinafore aprons… Thank God for great multi talented mothers! And I Thank you for refreshing my fond memories as well. God Bless You! In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you for your most gracious comments and blessings to you as well...

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Squidmom 6 years ago from Texas

I love reading about your mother, a truly outstanding person. I also love that you noticed all the things she did, I think a lot of moms just figure that no one notices. Up-ed and beautiful-ed, thank you for sharing this hub with us.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Squidmom for all your kindness, like I mentioned to someone else, I thing God gave us mothers to help us along lifes way...

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

My mother and grandmothers always wore aprons when I was a child. As you so nicely pointed out, they had many uses besides just protecting clothing from food spatters. What great memories you have and thanks for resurrecting ones for me. Loved this! Voting it beautiful.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Peggy W, for your friendship and your more than gracious comments. My sister's name is also Peggy and I just talked to her on the phone. Hope you find more of my hubs that you like...

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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

You made me think about my mom, THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Much love.... Voted-up!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you drpastorcarlotta, for your kindness.


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IdeaMorphist 6 years ago from Chicagoland

Thank you so much for sharing, I sure do love this!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks IdeaMorphist for your visit and your gracious comments and please, come back soon...

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