In Louise Eldrich's "The Leap," the narrator describes how her now-blind mother so gracefully gets around in her home,
It has occurred to me that the catlike precision of her movements in old age might be the result of her early training, but she shows so little of the drama or flair one might expect from a performer.
Shortly, the narrator states, "I owe her my existence three times," and, of course, the reader wonders what might these three times be. Of course, in the exposition the narrator rather lengthily describes the trapeze act of The Flying Avalons, as her mother. Anna, and father, Harry Avalon were called.
Since the narrator, then, goes on to describe the first incident in which her life was saved as the strike of lightning which sent her father to his death while her mother hung desperately onto the fiery wires from the circus tent's pole that allowed Anna to survive and eventually give birth to the narrator, the reader anticipates the other two times of rescue that have been foreshadowed. As suggested by the first event, there is some sort of acrobatic act involved.