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Saturday, February 4, 2012


My sweet grandmother
Grandmother Agnes Freeman Garner's Apron
I don't think our children knows 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 pan 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 children.  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 knew it was time to come in from the fields for dinner.
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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    I am your newest follower. Dolly sent me. I am so glad she did. Your blog is fantastic. This post about your Grandma's apron evokes so many emotions and memories from my childhood too. Thank you. I look forward to your next story. Thank you.