As much as we want to forget that February 4, 2014 ever happened, we want to share what we learned about ourselves, our community, our families, our students and what we stand for. First of all, you all have to know that no words will ever express the extent of gratitude we felt to see this community pull together the way you all did. I recall feeling in shock and just so scared not knowing the full extent of this flood. Perhaps we said "thank you" but our minds were elsewhere so we just want to make sure we say it again here, in a different sort of way.
We kept coming back to "there is always a silver lining." That was our go-to line. The threat of losing our business taught us how much we genuinely love what we do. We went "back to work" (really more like a vacation relative to when we were out of "work" / dealing with the flood mess) with so much pride and reason behind our roles. We welcomed new students into the gym as more than just a procedure, but rather a sincere hope that they felt welcome and wanted to stay to enjoy our beautiful gym. We saw faces in the grocery store who had given up a weekend to come scrub mats and instead of our usual smile and "hello", we wanted to hug that wonderful being! We saw a community -churches, other VT gyms, local boot-camps, individuals who created events on our behalf, sports teams, parents, our own former teachers, friends, our spouses, random volunteers- walk through our doors with the intent of helping US get back up and running. Many couldn't give time or money but sent us incredibly moving messages and prayers for strength that truly kept us going. "Humbling" is an understatement. Anyway.... here are some pictures to show you what the gym looked like in the aftermath of the flood. There is always a silver lining in a bad situation, you just have to open your heart and mind to find it!