Thursday, March 27, 2008

Grandmother’s apron

Most kids and a lot of young people don’t know what an apron is.

The main reason grandma wore an apron was to protect the dress underneath.

Her apron also served as a potholder when removing hot pans from the stove or oven.

It was great for drying children’s tears and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

Every day the apron was used for carrying eggs

When company came the apron was a great hiding place for shy kids.

In cold weather grandma wrapped it around her arms for warmth.

Grandma used it to wipe perspiration from her brow when bent over a hot wood cook stove.

She used the apron to bring in kindling wood for her old kitchen range.

Grandma carried all sorts of vegetables in from the garden and after the peas were shelled, the apron was used to carry out the hulls.

The apron was used to bring in the apples that had fallen from the trees each autumn.

When unexpected company drove up the lane 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 and waved her apron. That signaled to the family that it was time to come in for dinner.

It will be a long time before something is invented that will replace that old time apron that served so many purposes.

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