I absolutely adore my apron. It was handmade for me by my Great Aunt Mary (who is as fabulous as you’d think she would be). It has seen a lot of wear and tear over the years I’ve owned it. And it has also created a lot of memories for my children and me.
When I have on my apron, my kiddos know that something fabulous is about to fill their bellies: melt-in-your-mouth homemade pancakes or our favorite chicken casserole or barbecue meatballs or homemade pumpkin bread or….the list goes on! By wearing my apron, my family knows some serious cooking is about to take place, and then some serious eatin’.
But are aprons really necessary?
I believe they are.
I would guess that I wear my apron at least 4 or 5 days out of the week. We have a pretty minimal clothing budget, so I must take good care of even my house clothes. Even though I stay home with my children during the day, I don’t want to look messy and stained. I can’t tell you the times that an apron has saved my clothes! Things like bacon grease and homemade tomato sauce are really hard stains to remove. By wearing an apron, I don’t have to worry about stain removal.
There may even be a better reason to wear an apron than stain removal (gasp! Did MamaLaundry say that??):
Wearing an apron tells your mind: prepare to work.
Whether you are wearing an apron in the kitchen to keep splatters off of your shirt or you are wearing your apron during your regular house cleaning, it almost seems like part of a uniform. Since I worked as a nurse for 9+ years, a uniform definitely gets my mind into gear that I am getting ready to work! And an apron is no exception. It helps my mind know that we are going to get moving and helps me stay focused on the tasks at hand.
So what about you? Do you think aprons are necessary? Do you wear one daily? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!
I’m pleased to link this post to WFMW over at We are THAT Family. Because aprons? They definitely work for me.