July 2011

Grandma's Aprons (Extract)

My thanks for the following article go to Maureen Faubel, who, in turn, had it from her Dad's cousin Joyce in Canada.

Aprons1History of Aprons

I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few and because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons required less material.

But, along with that, it served as a pot 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 chicks 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 round her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow bent over the hot wood stove....................

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