mother has hung up her apron

mother has hung up her apron

A Chapter by Ana Papaya
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mother has wiped her hands
and hung up her apron
everything turned out just right
but it gets hot in the kitchen sometimes
so mother has hung up her apron
until the next time
when we gather around the comforting aromas
     of a home cooked meal and uncorked wines
whilst bathing in warm laughter
   and tender smiles
the children's squeals of surprise and delight
that warm my heart
  on the frostiest of nights
even knowing that mother has hung up her apron
possibly for the last time

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© 2020 Ana Papaya


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You certainly have gotten this old memory factoru of mine going here Ana, I swear I just got a whiff of hot apple strudel just then.
I love cooking and bakinh now, after all those lessons mum gave of letting us lick the spoon if we were good. Only a mother can teach you these things you didnt realise at the time you were being taught until years later, like sharing and clearing up your own mess. And to think of all those brownie points I won in later life for not expecting to be cooked and cleaned for. It would make her blush.
I feel a tinge of sadness as the apron finds its hook, like tje children have grown and flown.
I adore silence, but to a mother, I can understand how it can be a stark reminder of the noise that is no longer there, which could be a form of torture to them.
Your words are always written with such heart and soul that their impact is always brought to life.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Neville

2 Years Ago

I was very tempted to copy, cut and paste Lorry's cracking words up there, but since I am a gentlema.. read more
Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

You are indeed a gentleman. Thank you Neville! :)
Lorry

2 Years Ago

Aww, apple strudel for everyone :)



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Which each line delivered you have transported me to another time. When most of my family still gathered at my grandmother's and her pale yellow checked apron was donned. I may have to read this once more to freshen my nostalgia.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

Thanks Cherie, for sharing your memory. I appreciate the comment. :)
mmm creates nastalgic picture for me and of me Ma and family ... simple foods in a simple home ... basted with love and willing affectionate sacrifice ... nice use of contrast in closing ... it mars the idyllic scene with loss or potential loss :( if me Ma was alive today she would be 113 yrs old ... she passed at the age of 90 ... followed by her older sisters and brother ... all 100+ ... ;) lots of scenes in all those homes played out as you created ... my aunts and uncles were farm people that came from farmers :)
E.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

thank you for sharing that with me Mr. E. Sounds like to come from some good strong stock!
Einstein Noodle

2 Years Ago

theirs was a different world ... i think we can use more of it in today's .. but the direction seems.. read more
Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

Yes. I know what you mean. :(
Though wrapped in sad, your words brought back so many memories.. especially as our little mum's apron usually had to be cut down cos she was much smaller than shop bought ones, or made or had made, a home-made one from three new drying up cloths!

There's something about an apron.. it looks so lifeless without a sweet and energetic darling inside of it.. maybe marks of well messed fingers.. dabs of this or that. We children,, seven of us. used to watch the mixing of, the grating of cheese or carrots and learned how the expert guaged an amount by eye and long time experience. As we got older, most of us begged a job and all the while that apron-in- charge ran the kitchen as if a gentle general! Your words highlight the history of someone who created/s for her family, who was and is always there, providing.. .. until ..

Fine writing, beautiful thoughts and somehow, tears full of memorie, Ana..

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

Hi em, thanks so much for sharing these memories
this is timely...i wrote a piece yesterday (Mother's birthday) about mine...she passed 4 years ago at 92----

she gave up the apron a couple of years before that...so we cooked for her when we could.

a beautiful and sad piece of writing.
j.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

Hi Jacob, thank you very much for that.
Very appreciated. Illness is usually the main reason.. read more
I am wondering when would mother hang up her apron for the last time.?
Even when we left home we would return for visits with wonderful home made cooking. I am feeling upset now as I remember my mum hung her apron up after illness which forced her into a nursing home. Now others cook for her.There is much sadness in your lines Ana. I am still very much a chief cook and bottle washer with my three grandchildren all living with me. I guess, I am grateful for that.

Chris

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

that is something to be grateful for, for sure. it's hard work looking after young ones but I think.. read more
You certainly have gotten this old memory factoru of mine going here Ana, I swear I just got a whiff of hot apple strudel just then.
I love cooking and bakinh now, after all those lessons mum gave of letting us lick the spoon if we were good. Only a mother can teach you these things you didnt realise at the time you were being taught until years later, like sharing and clearing up your own mess. And to think of all those brownie points I won in later life for not expecting to be cooked and cleaned for. It would make her blush.
I feel a tinge of sadness as the apron finds its hook, like tje children have grown and flown.
I adore silence, but to a mother, I can understand how it can be a stark reminder of the noise that is no longer there, which could be a form of torture to them.
Your words are always written with such heart and soul that their impact is always brought to life.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Neville

2 Years Ago

I was very tempted to copy, cut and paste Lorry's cracking words up there, but since I am a gentlema.. read more
Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

You are indeed a gentleman. Thank you Neville! :)
Lorry

2 Years Ago

Aww, apple strudel for everyone :)

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