Tuesday, September 06, 2005

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 fro 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 fo 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 comapny drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When the 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.

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Corry said...

I remember my grandma wearing aprons. I guess, being 99, that is why she is so keen now on buying new dresses haha.

God's Grace.

Gina Burgess said...

What gorgeous pictures! I love them. And what memories "Grandma's Apron" brings to my mind! When I asked my Grandmother if she had any advice for me when I got married, she said,"If you've had a bad day, tuck the corner of your apron in your waist band, then your husband knows not to bother you. Tell him to turn his hat to the side if he's had a bad day so you won't bother him. It will keep you from harsh words and numerous fights."

In awe, I looked at her and asked, "Is that what y'all did?"

"Tried to," she smiled, "but sometimes you just have to fight to feel better."

They were married for 75 years.

Pilot Mom said...

Gina, 75 years! Isn't that a testament to commitment these days? Sound advice!

G~ said...

Oh my goodness! What a great post! And yeah, that advice about a sign to let the other know you've had a bad day...

I once heard this kinda thing, except updated a little, I guess. The wife was told to move a figurine in the living room so the hubby would know it'd been a bad day for her.

ROFL! I think if I'd tried that one, my figurine woulda ended up broked! LOL!


Love the pic, too.