A Little Girl's Smock

Duty of Children

A child should always say what’s true

And speak when he is spoken to,

And behave mannerly at table;

At least as far as he is able.

-Robert Louis Stevenson-

journal entry:

I guess that aprons and smocks are different.  They are different sizes and made for different things.  I don’t really see why a smock can’t be an apron and an apron can’t be a smock.  Nevertheless, this is a smock.  The little girl who wears it can paint, cook, dig, clean or just wear it because it is cute.  I made pockets in it.  Only a fool would make anything for children without pockets.    When I was a child, we had painting smocks at school.  At the first of the school year, everyone had to bring an old man’s shirt for a smock.  I was little and so my smock reached the floor and the sleeves were impossible to keep rolled up.  At the end of the painting time, we all hung our smocks on hooks until the next time.  At Christmas time we took them home to be washed and when school was out for the summer we took them home and our mothers threw them away . . I think.

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