(Notice that a "Medium" is a size 14 - 16)

Remember making an apron in Home Economics?

The History 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.

It will be a long time before someone invents
something that will replace that 'old-time apron'
that served so many purposes.

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.

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