Aprons By Mrs. Bob Leib (Terry)
What is an apron? The dictionary defines it as "a garment worn over the front part of the body to cover or protect the clothes."
Is it really just a little piece of fabric worn to protect your clothes?
Is it just something our lil'ole grannies wore?
What type of woman wears and apron these days?
Do you have a mental picture of her?
Do you see a stooped-over, grey-crowned lady stirring a pot on the stove? How about a harried, young wife with unkempt hair, "in the family way", a babe on her hip, a tot groping her legs, and another toddler breaking eggs on the floor? Maybe you see a middle aged mom with her head hanging down? What about their faces? Are they peaceful and serene? Joyous and content? Angry or weary? At her wits end or lonely?
Aprons are reminiscent of a by-gone era. An era when women kept the home and tended to the needs of their husband and children; an era when women were respected for fulfilling their call and Bible role as help meets and keepers at home.
The aprons of today are a far cry from the ones our grandmothers and great-grandmothers wore. No longer are they made of crisp, fine cotton. The very idea of homey-themed prints; cups and saucers, teapots and percolators, toast, eggs and bacon; mixers, beaters and layered iced cakes; sunshiny flowers; these are LONG gone. Shaped to suit the female shape; the ruffles and lace trimmed pockets which bespoke femininity; all has been forsaken.
Aprons, these emblems of housewifery and femininity, once found on every clotheslines on "wash day" across America, always on hooks or neatly folded and tucked in a drawer in EVERY kitchen ready for use, a necessary "tool" for the Keeper at Home, have been carelessly cast aside.
In its stead, it "replacement" so to speak, was not designed with "the little woman" in mind. Oh No! Aprons of today have EVOLVED! They suit male and female equally well, a truly unisex design. How sad!
Sadder than the demise of the feminine apron is the demise of the behind them-the death of the spirit of keeping at home-cooking, baking, feeding babies, changing diapers, washing clothes, scrubbing and polishing....making home and family gleam. No respectable housewife would need to apologize to unexpected guests for her mess house.
Nor would she be caught without proper refreshments (if her budget allowed) for unanticipated company. She was a true Proverbs 31 woman, and prepared for anything.(She needn't be afraid of the cold.) If the keeper-at-home of yester-years didn't plan her meals, buy enough flour, or can enough to see her family through to the next harvest season, her family would likely starve.
No longer is being a keeper-at-home seen as a proper or noble position. We are seen as merely "unemployed". People often imply that being just a wife and/or mother is of no importance at all. But it is of the utmost importance. For if we fail to train our children, if we fail as a keeper-at-home, where will the next generation be? Who will teach them? Don't WE struggle enough already having so few Titus 2 women to teach us?
Those unisex aprons are supposed symbols of unity of the sexes. But are they really? How unified are most couples you know? The unity they seek cannot be found by removing the lines of sexual distinction, no more than a woman donning a man's suit makes her a man; or a man putting on a dress makes him a woman. True unity can only be found when roles and responsibilities are distinguished and acted upon respectively.
Trading our beautiful, feminine aprons in for those rough, unshapely, unisex ones will not yield unity, only confusion which will lead to frustration for man, woman, and child.
Unfortunately, the Body of Christ, (and many local churches),in part is an accomplice in throwing away this extremely valuable necessity- The Proverbs 31, keeper-at-home spirit. Many preachers wouldn't dare preach in favor of it lest he be ousted from the pulpit, or fearing the offerings would "fall off", and folks would leave the church.
Praise God the feminine, keeper-at-home, Proverbs 31 spirit isn't dead. It is only as far as the old dusty trunk in the attic, or under that old pile of Grandma's linens. It's as close as your sewing machine. It is within our reach if we desire it. All we need to do is reach out, dust away the cobwebs, shake out the wrinkles, and wrap ourselves up in that apron. By doing so we are symbolically embracing our femininity and our God ordained role.
Lately I have gotten into the habit of wearing an apron for cooking and baking. No more reaching for a towel to dry wet hands, or drying them on my skirt. . No splattering and staining a good dress or blouse.
Aprons also come in handy as "tissues" for drying little ones tears. What better place to wipe hands that are floury from rolling pie dough or kneading bread! No need to splash water on your face and pat flour on your clothes to give the appearance that you worked all day as was portrayed in an old TV advertisement.
Another thing, when I wear one, aside from the practicality of it which makes me wonder why I didn't start to wear one sooner, it seems to "magically" transport me back to another time. Wearing an apron seems to speak to me and compels me to cook and bake, and do all those homey things that my Grandmothers did without a second thought. An apron makes me feel OH so feminine! It makes my hands reach for recipe books, flour, sugar, yeast, spoons and mixing bowls.... Perhaps more of that keeper-at-home spirit is tied up with-in its strings than anyone ever realized.
Perhaps we have been remiss by not taking our role as keepers-at-home seriously. If we don't let the submissive spirit behind it come shining through, what we do might be good and right, but in a sense, it will be vain. When we do the right thing but with a wrong spirit it is still wrong. We may look right outwardly but inwardly be full of hidden "heart sins". There is never a wrong time to make things right with God. He neither sleeps not slumbers, and we may go boldly to the throne of grace for help in our time of need. To truly do right, and be right, our actions and our attitudes have to be aligned with Gods Word..
Do you wear an apron? Get rid of all those unisex ones, or dress them up, feminize them with ribbons, ruffles, eyelet and lace trimmings. Better yet, hunt some down in thrift stores, at yard sales and auctions, scour the attic at Grandma's house. If you are really creative, run to the fabric store and get yourself some pretty prints, maybe some homey prints, and make you own. It isn't hard at all. I will gladly share a simple way to make them.
Do you wear an apron? You should.
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Aug 22, 2014