Strolling Down Memory Lane

Affordable Home Care, Reminiscing with Seniors, Elderly Home Care Service, Senior Home Assistance, In-Home Care Minneapolis, Home Care in Eden Prairie, Companion Home CareWhat different times we live in compared to when our parents and grandparents were growing up!  We have outfits for every occasion and update our wardrobes for every fashion trend.  Then we go shopping for more just for entertainment.

Years ago, the apron was an essential piece of any woman’s wardrobe.  Do people under the age of 30 even know what an apron is?  I don’t know the author of the following, but it makes a good topic to reminisce about with your elderly loved ones.   It tells much about a lifestyle that is very different from how we live today.

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath it because she only had a few!  It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and aprons used less material to make. 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 sometim es 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, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow bent over the hot wood stove.In-Home Help for Seniors, Home Care Companies, Elder Care MN, Home Care in Burnsville, Home Care in White Bear Lake, Respite for Caregivers, Eldercare at Home

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, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her 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.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters did the same to thaw the ones they purchased from the store. Her great-granddaughters would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron!

Most people never caught anything from an apron—but love.


Many elders love revisiting the past, and it’s a great way for family and friends to connect with them.  If you need something to do with your elderly parents, pour a cup of tea and just get them on a stroll down memory lane.  Even those in the early stages of dementia can probably pull information from their past to reminisce, though they may need a little help to get there.

I would venture to guess that if you read this with or to your elderly loved ones, it would trigger some fond memories for them.  They would appreciate the time spent together, and you would probably learn something about your loved one you never knew before.

What other subjects can you think of that would be fun to use as conversation starters with your aged loved ones?

Julie Ellingson, LSW




March 21, 2012

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