Grandma’s Apron! ANYONE REMEMBER ?
Grandma always carried eggs and apples and lots of other things in her apron - and what would grandma have done without the apron pocket?
Her apron was the perfect place to carry many things...perhaps sometimes, we are told, her teeth in her apron pocket to be quickly slipped into her mouth when company came!!
But the principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few dresses. It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. Along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
The apron was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. When the weather was cold, grandma could wrap her apron it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, Grandma's apron carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had 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 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 purpose
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