7.31.2007

AN APRON STORY....

I don't even think that our kids even 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.

Think about it....
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies out on the window sill to cool,

Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

5 comments:

74WIXYgrad said...

Nothing beats a good old fashioned home made apple pie. And nobody makes them better than my mother-in-law.

Bella said...

So sad yet so true...

Pilgrim said...

Wow, did this ever evoke some incrdible memories. Great piece.

BendingPeak said...

I'm with Pilgrim. My mom had an apron like that.

S E E Quine said...

` Aaahaaa haaa! Thawing pies! Epitome of laziness/lack of baking skills!
` This post made me want to buy an apron to protect me from my pet alien cats!