When my husband died, my children were still young. They lost their father at the ages of 18 months, 3 and 8 years. As I worked through all his belongings, looking for the things that would help them to know and remember him, I remember finding very little. There were not a lot of pictures with him and the children together – he was the photographer a lot of the time. The things that he held dear, like the Yankees and Abraham Lincoln had little to no significance for these kids. It was a hard time for us in part because they had no interest in what he left behind. In the end, I sold most of his belonging at a garage sale.
One of the driving forces behind me creating The Ant and The Grasshopper was to find ways where people can spend time together and create memories and family heirlooms. Often people create hand print items that capture a moment in time. With our new laser capabilities, we can etch or cut actual samples of handwriting from recipes or notes to someone. I created this space so that we could make memories, spend time together and the end products would be the kinds of things you would secretly whisper to your mom, “make sure I get that picture, plate, or lazy susan in your will.” The Ant and The grasshoppers custom gifts and hand created treasures are the kinds of things your children will always have to remember you. And to me, that is what makes this place so special.