A celebration began on Friday afternoon. We entered the dimly lit space of the local Mexican restaurant which was quickly filling up with locals as we staked out our spaces at the recently renovated bar. This small crew of educators was more than ready to take advantage of the specials being offered. It gave us a moment to pause and breathe. The entire weekend stretched out before us as if we had not a care in the world. Though, for me, it was a little escape route. A distraction from the images and horrors that Sandy left behind. The week was an emotional roller coaster as I watched the events unfold from afar. I ended the week feeling helpless, saddened and holding high hope that all those that needed a boost would find it.