|1940...the last three in this picture are Tante Heiltje, Grandma Faber and Mom (Rosa Faber deBoer)|
talked to Mom the other two ladies are Tante H's daughters-in-law...Pete and Bill Faber wives.
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, 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 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.
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My memories of Grandma were she always had an apron on... I remember her sitting on the porch doing beans for canning with her apron full of beans. She also sat with her lap full of apples and was peeling them...she always seemed to be able to peel them all in one big string.
When I was young and waiting on tables at convention, one of the things I remember is that I thought I needed really pretty ones. Now days most of them don't even wear an apron and rarely did I ever wear an apron doing the housework and cooking...