Apron Strings

Santa Maria 013 Billie Mercer, who writes about ordinary and extraordinary lives in central Mexico, took on the topic of aprons, and I just had to comment about what aprons represented to my generation, which gave her fodder for more.

So I went out to the kitchen, where my thirty-something housekeeper was washing dishes, dressed in an ironed t-shirt and jeans, and asked her why she wasn’t wearing a mandil. “Oh, those are just for working around my own house,” she told me, rolling her eyes.

She obviously hadn’t read Billie’s blog — or The Wall Street Journal article.

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