I’ve completed a vintage fabric apron using the pattern found in The Apron Book. I was inspired by both the book and the poem Mama’s Apron reprinted below. This poem captures the essence of a home and family centered life.
National TIE ONE ON DAY, the brainchild of EllynAnne Geisel, author of The Apron Book, makes its debut on Wednesday, November 21, 2007–the day before Thanksgiving, when “women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal.”
EllynAnne, says tomark the new holiday by wrapping a loaf of bread in an apron, along with a written prayer or an encouraging note, and deliver the bundle to someone who needs spiritual or physical sustenance. “No matter which way you turn out your own front door, someone who is deserving of a hug is very close by, she says.
A picture of my recently completed vintage apron followed by the poem Mama’s Apron:
Mama’s Apron by Author Unknown
An Apron played a big part in mama’s life. As common to wear as being a housewife. She used it to gather eggs at the end of the day, To gather vegetables to can and put away, To feed the family on a rainy day…
She used it to pick up chips, To start a fire in the old wood stove. To cook the daily bread, For her main concern was to keep her family fed.
She folded it around her hands, When at the Table the blessing was said, And wore it in the rain to cover her graying head, She wrapped it around the baby’s legs when it was cold. And Sometimes used it to wipe his lil’ nose.
It was a faithful servant through sad and lonely years, She even used it to dry away her tears. When the children were tucked in and their prayers were said…She laid out a clean one at the foot of her bed.
Their job is over now, they did their best. Mama and her apron have been laid to rest. If all is true about Heaven I’ve been told, Mama is now weaving an apron of spun gold…
Have a great Thanksgiving! If you have time to wrap some bread in an apron to share with someone in need, will you please drop me a note about your experience?