Piauí is one of the poorest Brazilian states, ranking 24th out of 27 states in relation to the human development index, the last in per capita income and it ranks 5th on the number of child mortality. In my experience, however, it is the place from where both my parents came from. Most of my childhood vacations with them had Piauí as a destination, and even if they come from a very rural region that has everything to meet the most pessimistic of the expectations, I struggle to recall sad or negative feelings in my memories. What I do easily recall, however, are many memories of very strong people who despite living with me only for 3 weeks every year or so strongly influenced some of the most important aspects of the person I am today. 

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