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Grandma’s Apron

Why did Grandma wear an apron in the first place? The principle was simple. The apron protected the dress underneath it. It was usually made of thick material and had handy pockets in it.

An apron was just great for removing hot pans from the oven, and it was just excellent for carrying eggs into the house. If grandma was in the garden gathering vegetables, she found it easy to carry what she picked inside the pockets of that old apron.

Aprons, however, did much more than utilitarian tasks. In a short while, aprons found new and more emotional uses. When company came, a shy child could always find refuge behind that apron. If you were surprised by company, that apron could dust furniture faster than a cat could wink its eye. When tears fell from childish eyes, that old apron was always there to wipe those tears away.

When dinner was ready, grandma usually walked out on the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will rival the practical and emotional value of the "old time apron."

Let's hope that Bible reading and Bible class will not go the way of the old time apron. All parents have to do is neglect both for a generation, and the damage is done. Like the apron, such things may disappear from America's cultural life one day and no one will notice that they are gone. After all, how many aprons have you seen lately? Yet I don't remember hearing anybody ask, "Where are all the aprons like grandma used to have?"

Times do change, don't they?

REMEMBER - "Grandma used to hold hot apple pies with her apron when she set them on the window sill to cool. Now, her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw

Selected & Adapted.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward