The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect
the dress underneath, but along with that, it served
as a holder 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 old 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 it 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 on the porch
and 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 anyone invents something
that will replace that old-time apron.