There is a wonderful lady, Sherry Hayes, who – although I have never met her – has been a great inspiration to me over the past couple of years. I aspire to be a kind, patient, creative, organised and (above all else) loving mother, and she is providing real life examples to motivate and inspire. Please do check her website for a great range of articles borne out of decades of experience raising her large family to honour God.
A while back she shared this article on aprons. Aprons, she alleges, can save a LOT of time and energy in hunting and rummaging, leaving more hours in the week for useful and fun stuff. I have lost count of the number of times a finger or toe nail needed clipping whilst I was changing a nappy and clearing up, but the clippers just weren’t handy. Or I had an idea (it happens) whilst cooking the dinner and hanging laundry but there wasn’t a pad and pencil in the room, let alone within reach. Another item I seem to need on an almost hourly basis is a pair of scissors.
My husband is really a full step ahead here. On our honeymoon he acquired a swiss army penknife at an Austrian market, which at the time I objected to on the basis that a) it was too expensive, b) he would never use it and c) such activity was highly unromantic. That was ten years ago and, guess what, he still carries it with him most of the time, and I have regularly had to ask him if I could please borrow it, before heading off to serve myself a large slice of Humble Pie.
Back to the pinny. In her capacious pockets there’s room for not just a penknife, but scissors, nail clippers, pencil, small pad of paper and all the other essential small items that simply disappear if they don’t have a home and are needed at half-a-second’s notice. Yes, that’s right, I am talking about facial tissues, hair elastics x lots, small item to keep baby amused, lip salve, phone… The deeper the pockets, the more you can handle. A clean nappy, a sachet of oatcakes, wetwipes. Or maybe a watercolour set, a 1000-piece jigsaw, and a small ride-on trike. 😉
Here’s a few pinnies, the middle pair from Cath Kidston, which I have come by surprisingly cheaply. Of course if you can sew your own, so much the better, but my sewing might be better described as slowing, and so at a few pounds apiece I am harnessing pinny power quicker.