TODAY THE WORDS are GRANDMA’S APRON. Greg shared a written post which didn’t have a name attached but was titled The History of the Apron. I found it interesting and I liked a few of the purposes of the apron. They were:

  • From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
  • In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees
  • The principle use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
There were more purposes for the apron, but I thought I would share a story which has a life lesson in it and aprons were involved. My Mother and her closest in age Sister were playmates as well as sisters. They found themselves at a neighbors’ yard where the neighbor’s pear tree was full of ripe pears. In those times, pears provided a great way to make pear preserves and they knew not to pick any of the neighbor’s valued pears. While they were there walking, the neighbor came out, spoke to them, and asked if they wanted to pick up the pears which had fallen around the tree and of course they said yes, and loaded their aprons with the beautiful, luscious yellow pears and frolicked back home to tell everyone about their treasured pears. They did not expect the reception by Granddaddy who thought they had stolen the pears. They tried to tell him the neighbor had given the fallen pears to them but this fell deaf on his ears. He proceeded to switch them and told them to take the pears back. He followed the crying girls to the yard where the neighbor met Granddaddy confused why the girls were crying. He told Granddaddy he gave them permission to pick the pears up and Granddaddy said then it was okay and they could keep them. The girls said, while emptying their aprons of the pears they had wanted so badly, “No thank you; we don’t want them”. They went back home with empty aprons. The deeper thought….While honesty is important and that was what he thought he was teaching; Granddaddy failed to exercise patience. This story would have ended with some delicious pear preserves if he had said, “I am sure he gave them to you but let me go ask him if you got the right ones.” This story always rang true to me and I have tried to exercise a little patience before jumping the gun.
King James Bible 1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

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Author: sippingcupsofinspiration

A blogger since 2012, a published author of three Five Star romance novels, A MISTRESS, A WIFE and TELL ME LIES; LOVE ME STILL and RIDDLE ME THIS, LOVE OR BLISS. Still a small town girl with a lot of experience of people watching. Ten years of blogging experience.

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