The evolution of Aprons.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath
because she only had a few.
It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses
and aprons used less material.
But along with that, it served as a potholder
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 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 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 the 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 the men folk knew
it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
Today, aprons have become a fashion statement.
Ladies use hostess aprons to entertain an intimate dinner for two
or a much larger gathering of friends and family members.
Some even use aprons as Halloween costumes or to celebrate the New Year.
It will be a long time before someone invents
something that will replace that’old-time apron’
that served so many purposes.
Get ready ladies and gentlemen, retro aprons are back!
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