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 it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and aprons required less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven; for drying kids’ tears; cleaning and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, it was an ideal hiding place for shy kids, and in cold weather, Grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Those aprons carried vegetables and hulls, fallen apples, dusted furniture quickly, and when dinner was ready, Grandma waved her apron signaling that it was time for dinner!
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her Grandaughters 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 dont’ think I caught anything from Grandma’s apron - but LOVE...
Olive Meehan, my mother, circa 1926, age 16, with her apron on and my inspiration for creating aprons for the last 8 yea