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> Aprons

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> I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

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> 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 oven.

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> It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was

> even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

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> 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.

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> When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

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> And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

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> Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot

> wood stove.

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> Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

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> From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas

> had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

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> In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples That had fallen

> from the trees.

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> When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much

> furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

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> When 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.

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> 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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> Send this to those who would know, and love the story about

> Grandma's aprons.
 

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My mother always wore an apron in the kitchen. I don't think that I've seen any woman other than a professional (in a kitchen) wear an apron in decades.
 
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