I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath becuse she only had a few. It was also becuse 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 carryng 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 hr apron and the menfolk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It would be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old time apron" that served so many purpose.
Note: This tribute to aprons was sent to me by e-mail with the addition of this reminder:
Grandma use to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs out to thaw. Hope you enjoyed this jaunt down memory lane.