The History of “Aprons”

grandma jennyI don’t think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect her dress underneath, but along with that it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the over.

It 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.

And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped 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 the apron.

From the garden it 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 would 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 coming 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.

Remember: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple piece on the window sill to cool. Granddaughters set their on the window sill to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron, but LOVE.

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