Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My grandmother's apron

Someone sent this to me at work today and it brought back a flood of memories of my grandmothers. Take the time and enjoy.

I don't think 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 nto 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.

REMEMBER:
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.
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.

4 comments:

Suzanne said...

Love it! :-)

Jackie said...

I still use my apron :) I love this and have a copy of it too.

Christine said...

love this!! tfs, Colleen!

Jacqui said...

Brilliant, and all too true, especially the bit about the germs! (I neve caugt anything from it.... and my little one never does from the one I occasionally use either!!).