pg 60. "It was in the hospital that she finally learned to read and write, as a way of overcoming the boredom and depression of those weeks, and it was my father who insisted on teaching her.
pg. 60 "It was during her confinement in the hospital that my mother met my father."
pg.63 "once there, swaying, she stood and balanced. There were plenty of people in the crowd and many who still remember, or think they do, my mothers leap through the ice dark air .." The mother is jumping off the tree to save her daughter from the fire.
pg.59 "It was while the two were in midair, their hands about to meet, that lightning struck the main pole and sizzled down the guy wires, filling the air with a blue radiance ..." After that the man dies and the woman looses her child.