The Humble Apron


I don’t think our kids know what an apron is

The principal use of Grandmas’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few 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 wonderful for drying children’s tears and, on occasion, was even used for cleaning 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 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 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 verandah, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields for dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

The Government 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 . . . except for love.

REMEMBER WHEN Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool? Now her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

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