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The Brain, Memory, Emotions, and Hurricanes

In honor of my 3 year blogiversary, I plan on reposting some of the blog posts I did way back 3 years ago!  

This is a story I tell my students about my first day of school ever!

I've been in the mood to tell about my very first day of school.  Yes it was a very long time ago, but if you recall, the memory is connected to emotions, and I had some VERY strong emotions that day.

My mother was a teacher, my dad was the Phys Ed director in my town, and my older sister went to school.  I had to stay home with the babysitter while everyone else in my family went to school.  Needless to say, I wanted to go to school just like everyone else. 

I kept asking when I could go to school.  My mother showed me on the calendar how many days had to go by before I could finally go.  I counted, and counted, and finally, the day came.

School was cancelled because of Hurricane Donna.

"But you promised."  I was inconsolable.  I remember my mother bringing me out to the front porch, trying to convince me that they wouldn't let children go to school when the weather was that bad. 

I must have gone to school the next day, but I really don't remember. 

It was the intense emotion that I remember to this day.  Yet another lesson on the brain and emotions.  And another hurricane story.

Think about some of your strong memories. Were they related to strong feelings like this one?

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