Billy Stinson comforts his daughter Erin as they sit on the steps  where their cottage once stood in Nags Head, N.C., before it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene.
"We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and  we were just sitting there watching the sunset," Erin says.
Photo by Scott Olson (Getty)

Billy Stinson comforts his daughter Erin as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood in Nags Head, N.C., before it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene.

"We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and we were just sitting there watching the sunset," Erin says.

Photo by Scott Olson (Getty)