Giving Thanks

In this time of living with COVID-19, when so much is impossible, and with Thanksgiving on the horizon, it seemed the right time to dwell on the things we have, the things we feel grateful for, rather than the things we can’t have.

  1. We are thankful the studio is open at all, despite the restrictions. Many small businesses failed during this time, but so far, we have managed to stay afloat.
  2. We are thankful for our students, who have mostly returned, and we even have some new students. They are considerate of the rules and helpful at making things work with social distancing.
  3. We are thankful for our instructors who have taken on more work for fewer students as we deal with the pandemic. We do a lot more one-on-one and small group instruction to keep our students distanced.
  4. We are thankful for Zoom. It has brought us closer to our sister studios up north in Connecticut. We have been able to have classes with them. We have tested our black belts with them. We even participated in a tournament long distance because of Zoom.
  5. We are thankful that although we can’t go to tournaments, we can use our budget for that to go to ACS (Atlas Cleaning Service) to come in and get our studio sanitized fully each week.
  6. We are thankful that no one who comes to the studio has caught the virus, and hope to keep it that way.
  7. We are thankful for the everyday things that we tend to take for granted: electricity and indoor plumbing. Most of you probably don’t know what it is like to have an outhouse or to haul water from the creek or to light lamps and candles when it gets dark. Ms Jennifer does and she truly appreciates having indoor plumbing and electricity, especially this time of year.