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They All Wore An Apron

The principal use of everyone’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because they only had
a few. It was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and they used less material, but along with that, it served more purposes than any other piece of wearing apparel.


They were wonderful for use as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven, drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears or wiping a child’s runny nose. My mom had a few chickens out back in a coop and the apron was used for carrying in the eggs.   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.   Aprons with pockets were often filled with clothes pins, handkerchiefs, and a small toy, picked up off the floor. (Does anyone remember when we had to hang the wash on the clothes line?). From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables, and after the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. If we had unexpected company, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. I even noticed on New Years day my daughter was wearing one of my mom’s aprons while she cooked the holiday meal. Someone asked her about it and she said it kept her t-shirt clean while she cooked. I find that in the summer if I am lucky enough to have some tomatoes, I bring them in by putting them in my shirt and rolling it up to keep them from falling out. That comes from watching my mom and grandma putting things in their apron all those years. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron that served so many purposes. Maybe we need to bring Aprons back………