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I wear an apron when I bake – 
It used to be my mother’s.
I like that old connection, ‘cause
I could be wearing others.

For many years you couldn’t find
An apron anywhere,
Except a plain old white one,
Lacking kitschiness or flair.

When I was younger, housewives had
A kitchen-y collection;
The aprons then were purposeful,
Not objects of affection.

But now in stores, they’re back in stock
In patterns most delightful.
A yearning back to simpler times?
Although that sounds insightful,

I think it’s just a retro thing – 
To see the past as cool;
Yet batter-spattered aprons prove
The wearer is no fool!

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  1. Date: 4/2/2013 11:54:00 AM
    Well I'm glad I'm not the only one who still wears them....I love ones with the big front pocket...

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 8:04:00 AM
    My mom's usually had little flowers on it. I still have two in my cabinet with the same safety pin just in case. Haven't cooked lately. Thanks for the memory. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 4/1/2013 3:47:00 PM
    To see the past as cool is the definition of a retro thing. :) And as for wearing aprons, well, I have way to many shirts with stains. Must be an april fool. :)

  1. Date: 4/1/2013 7:53:00 AM
    I love to cook but have never worn an apron...After reading this I think I will start, especially with barbecue weather coming!...Very well done Ilene - Tim

  1. Date: 4/1/2013 6:29:00 AM
    Nice to do things that bring memories of the time that was - I enjoyed reading your poem Ilene. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 3/31/2013 4:04:00 PM
    Ilene, I really like this poem. It reminds me of my own mom cooking in the kitchen. Brings back loads of good memories and guess what? SOUP MAIL (2 of em): Terry

  1. Date: 3/31/2013 4:01:00 PM
    love this, Ilene - it reminded me of my gran in her apron : )

  1. Date: 3/31/2013 3:17:00 PM
    You've done it again, Ilene. Love this! I got a lovely apron from my trip to Russia that I kept in the closer for fear of it getting spattered....I'm wearing it now. I feel in control! Hugs!