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Do our children know what a real apron is?
The principal use of Grandma’s Apron was to protect the dress underneath. This was because she only had a few dresses and because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and aprons required less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was also wonderful for drying children’s tears, and, on occasions, was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, carrying fussy chicks, and, sometimes, half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were an ideal hiding place for shy kids, and when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms and Mothers around any kids that were about.
Those big aprons wiped many a perspiring brow when bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the autumn, the apron was used to bring in any fruit that may have fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that “old-time apron” that served so many purposes.
Wouldn’t the Government go crazy now, trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron? I don’t think I ever caught anything from Grandma’s apron but LOVE.
Thank you Gavin Launer for bringing this gem to our attention.