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Grandma's Apron


The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a holder 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 old 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 stove. Chips and kindling-wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
 
After the peas had been shelled it carried out the hulls. In the fall it 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 on the porch and waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields for dinner.
 
It will be a long time before anyone invents something that will replace that old-time apron that served so many purposes.

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