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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Do our kids know what an apron is?

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, 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 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 that 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 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 purposes.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

Author Unknown


  1. I love my apron, even though I never cook!

  2. I loved this! You painted a beautiful picture for me! Thank you!

    My grandma didn't use an apron. My great grandma may have but I don't remember much of her. After reading this I wish I had some memory of HER apron..

  3. It seems the author of this is unknown, but I loved it too and found it posted several other places. You are about the age of my children and I never wore an apron, but my mother and my grandmothers wore aprons and I read this and could just picture them doing most of these things. Wonderful memories.