SERENDIPITY FOR SATURDAY

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APRONS CAN BE BEAUTIFUL

The lady who wrote this did not leave her name, but we’ll give her credit anonymously. There’s an important lesson in this story that all of us should keep in mind. I hope you enjoy it.

I agreed with her when she said that she didn’t think kids nowadays know what an apron is. The principal purpose of her Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because 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 carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When visitors 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 folk 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.

Grandma used her apron to set her hot apple pies on the window sill to cool after baking. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw before baking. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. The lady said she didn’t think she ever caught any disease from that apron – only love.

After reading this it struck me that we often times think that the way our parents and grandparents handled things is too old-fashioned and won’t work today – except grandma’s recipes. And the same thing goes with what the Bible says about how to live right in today’s world. But until someone comes up with something better than the Word of God, I’m sure it will work fine until Jesus comes and we won’t need it anymore. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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