This is one special story and I remember it well, both my grandma and my mom!!! Those are the “little” things we now miss with all the conveniences we have.
Some of you may be old enough to remember aprons…
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 that served so many purposes.