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Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

I attended an event last week with a group of about 50 wonderful women in Panora who were donating more than 100 quilts, aprons, doll clothes and other items they made to the Children’s Clothing Closet, a place where families in need can come to get quality, used clothing. The group is appropriately called “Stitch & Chatter.”

As part of the event, which was held at First Christian Church in Panora, the following piece on the history of the apron was read by a member, along with an entertaining visual enactment by another. Ironically, I recently purchased a denim apron that I wear in my workshop to keep from wrecking more clothes. I also couldn’t help but think of my grandmother and mother as I read this.

I don’t know the original source, and this has likely been rewritten through the years, but I found it so entertaining and enlightening that I wanted to share it with each of you.

“Most kids today know what an apron is. The principle use of our mothers’ or grandmothers’ aprons were to protect the dresses underneath because they 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.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and, on occasion, was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, our mothers or grandmothers wrapped it around their arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

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.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, our mothers or grandmothers walked out onto the porch, waved their apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that “old-time apron” that served so many purposes.

Remember, mothers and grandmothers used to set hot baked apple pies on the window sills to cool. Their daughters and granddaughters now set theirs on the window sills to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron, but I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron — but love.”

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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Best Of Des Moines 2023




Des Moines Curling Club promotes Olympic sport.

Older than baseball, football and basketball, nicknamed the “Roaring Game” and “Chess on Ice,” it’s America’s favorite sport — it’s… curling?

OK, it may not be on the forefront of every American’s mind, but if you’ve ever watched the Winter Olympics, you’ve probably come across this sport that’s been around since the 16th century.

Players throw a polished granite stone across the ice while positioned in a deep lunge, usually with a look of intense concentration. They call out instructions to their teammates, who use brooms to sweep the ice in the stone’s path — vigorously.

On its path toward the “house,” or the circular target area painted on the ice, the stone slowly rotates, or “curls.”

... Read More In the November issue of CITYVIEW.

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