The Apron
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 
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 
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.
Send this to those who would know, and love the story about Grandma's 
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters 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 don't think I ever caught anything from an Apron. 

Those of us who grew up in Friendsville in the 40's and 50's remember Grandma Maggie Couch well ... she and Grandpa Charlie lived on a farm just east of the cross-road .... remember those good dinners fixed for the thrashing crews ....

Photo courtesy of Molly Kay (Couch) Helton
Thanks to Ralph Litherland for sending me a copy of "The Apron"