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Linda Harvey

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2/5/2009 6:25:37 AM
The History of 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, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they 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 knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes. Send this to those who would know, and love, the story about Grandma's aprons. Or it can be a good history lesson for those that have no idea how the apron played a part in our lives. REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron. But Love !! Amen, and pass the biscuits...
Judy Smith

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Re: Aprons
2/5/2009 7:08:09 AM

Good Morning, Linda!

So nice to see you.  What a wonderful post this is - I have already passed it on to my sister and my neices.  It brought back some wonderful memories!

Thank you so much for sharing it!



Mark Gibson

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2/5/2009 7:38:19 AM

Howdy folks,

Hello there Linda.  It's been awhile since I have spoke to you.  Thanks for the story.  I remember those aprons.  Shot... my mom still wares one every once in a while.  Just glad to hear from you and share that great history lesson with us.

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Re: Aprons
2/5/2009 8:13:25 AM

Thanks for the story Linda.  Yes, it brings back fond memories.  One of Mama's well-used aprons hangs in my kitchen as a trophy I am very proud of.  She always wore one when cooking.

It is quite a different world now isn't it?

How are you, been missing you.



Joyce Parker Hyde

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2/5/2009 11:10:47 AM
Thanks for the memories, Linda!
I have an apron that got left after a party or something and I have hung on to it for just these sentimental reasons.


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