Sunday, September 27, 2009
Four Corner Apron for a Nurse
The History of the 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, but along with that , it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the over.
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 chick, and somtimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When compan 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 teh 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 teh men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before somone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron" that served so man purposes.
And this is the way I remember it too - what sweet memories they are!