As I was preparing Thanksgiving dinner this year I thought about an item that has become almost obsolete, unless one is a professional chef. I'm referring to an apron.
An apron was a mandatory item of outer wear for a woman when I was growing up. My first sewing project was an apron. My mother made aprons every few years for the women in her Sunday school class (for Christmas). My mother always wore an apron in the kitchen, but never in the other rooms or our tiny house. After all it was kitchen attire, not dining room, or any other room attire.
I didn't like to wear an apron, and thus never got into the habit of putting one on when I cooked. Not even when I was first married and had many aprons in my hope chest from which to choose, did I wear one.
I don't know exactly when aprons became almost obsolete, but I'm glad that there is now a resurgence in the use of this attire and not just for professional chefs.
Martha Stewart, I'm not, but guess what? This Thanksgiving I did wear an apron. YES, I still have some really old aprons in my kitchen linen drawer!