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‘Grandma’s Apron’ evokes fond memories

 
‘Grandma’s Apron’ evokes fond memories
Juanita’s daughter, Marie Ortiz, learned to cook just like her mom, from scratch, which is what Marie does. This snapshot, from Thanksgiving 2012, captures her in her apron, preparing dinner for her family.

This item circulating on the Internet inspired us to invite La Vernia News readers to share photos of their mothers or grandmothers in their aprons, a tribute as we approach Mother’s Day. Enjoy this little walk down Memory Lane, and the special memories and moments inspired by “Grandma’s Apron.”

“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.

“Aprons also served as potholders for removing hot pans from the oven.

“It was wonderful for drying children’s tears; on occasion, it was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

“From the chicken coop, the apron was used to carry 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 woodstove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

“From the garden, it carried 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 arrived, 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 eat.

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

“Times have changed. Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the windowsill to cool. Her granddaughters set pies on the windowsill to thaw.

“Folks 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.”

 
 
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