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Joyce Johnson
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Mamma's Apron

Mamma wore an ample apron
To cover her clean dress.
She'd tell you that's what it was for
If you'd asked her, I would guess.

But that apron had more uses
Than I could even count.
It brought in eggs and vegetables
In unlimited amount.

I've seen her use that apron
To wipe her dripping brow
As she labored over the big range
That's a valued antique now.

Her apron could bring giggles
In a game of peek-a-boo
With her newest, sweet grandbaby
As she hid her face from view.

And when we kids were crying
We'd run to find her lap
And wipe the falling tears away
With a bit of apron flap.

That apron dusted tables
And shooed away the flies
And did just fine as oven mitts
To take out bubbling pies.

But the greatest of the treasures
That old apron could hold
Was the endless love from Mamma
Abiding in each fold.

By: Joyce 7/8/06

© Copyright 2006 Joyce I Johnson - All Rights Reserved
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Joyce~
You caused sweet tears of remember to fall with this one ... my greatest great grandmother had just such an apron~

Of all the items I was blessed to receive after her passing .. one of the pinafore aprons holds my fondest memories~
And nostalgically, it still smells like great grandmother Anna Maude Wainright~

Oh ... what a remember~

Thank you dear lady~

*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

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Joyce,


What a most sensitive and nostalgic poem honoring your very very special Mama and her apron of many many special uses.

Thank you for sharing and God bless you.

-Bob

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I always wished for a mom like that.  But I grew up in foster care.  Thank you for the poem though as it reminded me again of how the Lord God has always been my parents.


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Dear Joyce: Well, this one really took me back a long ways.  I still have one of my grandmother's bib type aprons. I will leave it to one of the girls in my family some day.  It is a treasure just like the one in your lovely poem.

Love
Betty Lou

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I wish I had saved one of my mother's aprons but I think she discarded them after she raised her family.  Joyce
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Dear Joyce,

what a lovely nostalgic piece this gem is! bravo my dear! It is so well done and filled with so many loving memories for you.Thank you for sharing this piece of your life with me.

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This is so beautiful, Joyce.  What a wonderful tribute .. it brings a sigh

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This to brought tears to my eyes remembering my grandmothers apron. Your feelings really showed through this piece

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Hi Joyce. Your poem reminded me so much of my own..
http://www.bdb.co.za/shackle/articles/grandmas_apron.htm
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DearTina,  Thanks for the site address, I looked it up and yes surely there are resemblances.  I had not read that poem before writing my own.  These are all clear memories of my mother and I guess she used her apron in much the way your grandma did, thus the resemblance.  I asked that question on a forum once.  How can we be sure we aren't recalling a forgotten poem and think it is our own when one inspires us?  At that time I was alluding to a poem I had written called, My Sailor Boy which seemed to come from someplace other than my own mind but no one recognized it as any they had ever seen before. However in this case I know exactly where my inspiration originated.  It was clearly pictured memories of my own mother and her friendly and versatile apron. Hope to see some of your other works.   Love, Joyce
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Hi Joyce. Sorry, I didn't mean to infer that you had seen my work. Sorry if it came across that way. I love your poem. I was able to get one of my Grandmothers aprons from my mother. Something I will treasure always.
 
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