There's a little embroidered tag on the inside, as proof. "Made Especially FOR YOU BY Betty Davis".
I've never even met the woman but I babysit her great-grandchildren and they told her about my aprons with the deep mysterious pockets, and she sent me a new one. And I can fit a novel into these pockets.
She's probably no relation to the musician (although, if I've got my
facts guesses straight, her son is the dj for KDRM) but the woman can sew!
My favorite part is the caption along the hem which reads, "Life is just a chair of bowlies"
Clearly our dear Ms. Davis understands what interacting with a lot of young people day after day does to the neurons responsible for transmitting thoughts into speech; my children no longer look at me in consternation when I tell them to do things like put the towels in the dishwasher or the milk in the oven.
While we are on the topic of aprons anyway (and I have my camera out) this is the one my sister bought, and I admired, late one night at Target with a fist-full of cash ($968 in ones, fives and tens) years ago because we thought it was pretty and because what's twelve more dollars when you've already spent almost one thousand on your children's school clothes?
She gave it to me a few days later for my birthday:
The great thing about this last apron is how enormous it is; even my shoulders stay clean–and if you've ever hauled around any critter under the age of three, you understand how monumental that is:
My mother helped my children make it years ago. It says, "I Think I Can" along with all sorts of other cheesy little puns she made up and painted on with toothpicks and fabric paint: Lettuce be nice, Love can't be beet, Squash meanness… etc. (I've mentioned my parent's love of words, right?)
I was going to model them for you, but self-portraits are not one of the many things I have learned to do.
But thank you, Betty, Nena, and Mom. And all the other apron wielding women in my life, past and present. Only a woman with a true mother-heart still understands the need for an apron. (Especially one with pockets.)