After reading your comments on my January 31 apron entry, I've concluded that something is wrong with me. How is it possible that so few of you wear aprons when you cook? If I didn't wear an apron all day, every day, I'd have to hurl myself into the washing machine before bed each night, on the heavy duty cycle, with a supplemental rinse at the end. And I'm a WRITER.
But enough about me. Three of you have won vintage-style aprons from Sur La Table. I know this sounds trite, but it was incredibly difficult to pick just three winners. Many of you wrote heartfelt explanations for why you needed to upgrade your aprons, and your responses moved me.
[FYI: While Sur La Table will generously provide each of the winners with one of the aprons pictured above, I have neither asked for nor been offered any money or goods for these posts. In other words, I am a terrible businesswoman in need of professional counseling.]
Kelly, who wrote: I need an apron because cooking helps me keep sane. Life sometimes throws us curveballs. Overwhelms us. Lately I have been dealing with such obstacles by pulling out a bag of flour and losing myself in it. Baking, cooking, experimenting in the kitchen lets me forget all that stuff. I think that talent - letting the world melt away while cooking - is kind of like a super power. Making me a superhero for a couple of hours... And every superhero needs a cape. Or an apron.
Foodforthought, who wrote: I cook because it reminds me of family. Particularly of my grandmother, who wore an apron that smelled like Red Door perfume and cinnamon... I'd love to wear an apron as thin layer of protection against sweating the small stuff in life; that a little mess is just that. An apron is a reminder of what matters: tiny hands in the kitchen and memories only cooks can create.
Jennifer T.G., who wrote: Throughout high school I worked various food-service jobs, each requiring the purchase and use of a hideously-plain, logo-ed apron. I slowly amassed quite a few of these, as faded aprons were unacceptable, or we moved and I had to find a new apron-donning job. As a mommy, I can never justify buying a fancy new apron when I have still have a couple of these dingy things hanging around... but I would love to make the conversion. I'm sure that once I am able to *guilt-free* experience pretty aprons, I will never be able to turn back and will finally donate the last of the old aprons and start building my own collection!
If you haven't seen the other entries, pop back and read them. You are a crew of talented writers, and you make me proud, every single day, to call you my readers.
Thank you for participating.