One thing I remember most about my grandmother besides the wonderful food she made was the fact that she always wore an apron. I can hardly remember a time when she wasn’t wearing one. For a long time I didn’t have many pictures of my grandmother so most of my knowledge is from my own memories. Then my cousin did an extensive genealogy of our Italian family and included numerous pictures from my uncles and cousins. This provided me with wonderful photos like this one:
My grandmother is on the left, beside her are my two uncles.
This is one of my grandmother taken in Italy, it might be her passport photo.
To me she will always look more like this in my memory:
That’s me in the pink outfit. This was at my cousin’s wedding sometime around 1976. My grandparents both passed away in 1979 and 1980.
But what I want to really show you are the pictures of her in her apron because, well, that is what this is about. Aprons serve many needs for a woman in her daily duties. It is used for keeping your nice clothes nice, but it can be used to wipe your hands on, wipe a runny nose, as a potholder and a dusting cloth. Believe me, I use my a lot. I have two of grandma’s aprons. They are too small for me and one needs repaired but I do have them. Here is grandma wearing one of the aprons I have of hers. This photo was found in a box of photos my sister gave me that used to belong to my dad.
This was taken around 1970 as she is holding my baby brother. She was visiting our house and brought her apron! When my own grandchildren were here in January, I let them help me in the kitchen to bake a cake. I got out my grandmother’s apron and put it on my granddaughter. I think my grandma would have been proud.
Here are just a couple more photos of my grandma wearing her aprons. I wish I could have more time with her and realized that the time I did have was precious.
I loved my grandma very much and I miss her.