November 22, 2013

A song within my heart

A Singing Heart

I woke up this morning
To a singing start;
I went about the live-long day,
A song within my heart.
"Sing before your breakfast;
Cry before you sleep,"
Is an old, old saying,
But never one I keep.

I sing, and I go dancing,
With music in my tread,
Until at length I've sung myself
To supper and to bed.

~from Kitchen Sonnets
Ethel Romig Fuller

If aprons can evoke happy memories of special times and places in the past, what else can they summon? How about warm and comforting thoughts of special friends--when you take the apron strings and tie them around your back, it's almost like getting a hug in person!  So I would be remiss if I didn't share another favorite apron that holds a special place in my heart and in my kitchen drawer--my very special tea apron from a very special friend!

The two of us lead busy lives but when we can we get together for an oh-so-elegant tea party, complete with flowers, linen napkins, darling dishes and something tasty to nibble on while we chat away.  We could talk for hours!  This apron is such a happy reminder of our special times together over a cup of tea, overlooking her beautifully tended garden.

We were double blessed by knowing this woman--she was also my daughter's harp teacher and I spent many happy afternoons flipping through home and garden books in her living room while the lessons went on in another room, and from there our friendship grew into something I treasure greatly.  She is a woman who blesses everyone who comes within her presence, and I am so lucky she is in my life.

I love the sunny yellow of the apron fabric and all the little graphics make me smile.  

And when I reach for this apron and put it on, I envision that soon we can be doing this again:

Here's a charming little poem about friendship and tea by Earlene Grey, titled Musings with a Cuppa.  I hope you enjoy it.  I think I'll go have one more cup of tea before work!


Soon I will be free.
Without tightness or propriety.
Sans care and sensibility.

And when I am free.
I will sit in the sun
And drink tea
With cuties and kitties,

Never minding what
Others might see,
Ever laughing at what
They might say.

Happy Friday!!


  1. What a charming apron and a lovely tribute to your friend.
    Have a wonderful weekend.


  2. Thank you for sharing my poem! It is from an early collection. I'm glad that you like it. Earlene Grey