What are the three aspects of her existence the narrator owes to Anna?

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In "The Leap," the narrator owes a number of different aspects of her existence to her mother, Anna. In the first example, Anna saved herself from death while performing as one half of a trapeze act called the Flying Avalons. This accident, and the choices she made during...

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In "The Leap," the narrator owes a number of different aspects of her existence to her mother, Anna. In the first example, Anna saved herself from death while performing as one half of a trapeze act called the Flying Avalons. This accident, and the choices she made during the incident, resulted in a number of other fatalities, including Anna's first child and her husband.

While recuperating in the hospital, Anna met the narrator's father. He was a doctor who taught Anna how to read, and their love resulted in the narrator's conception.

Finally, when the narrator was seven years old, the family home caught fire. The narrator was trapped inside the house but her mother saved her life by climbing in through the window. Thus, the narrator's life was saved on three occasions by Anna.

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The narrator is the daughter of Anna Avalon, a woman who originally was a circus performer and part of a blindfold trapeze act with her first husband, Harold Avalon, called the "Flying Avalons". Three great acts or decisions made by Anna are the root of the narrator's very existence.

The first of these acts occurred at the final performance by the Flying Avalons when the tent in which they were performing was struck by lightning. Anna was blindfolded as was her husband and they were flying through the air for a grand finale in their performance. Anna was pregnant and as the tent started to collapse had the choice of falling, probably to her death, in trying to save her husband, or saving herself and the fetus in her womb. She chose to save herself and her fetus; although the fetus was stillborn, in the hospital Anna met the doctor who became the narrator's father. 

In deciding to abandon the life of the circus, learn to read, and create a family with the doctor, Anna made the second choice that led to the narrator's existence.

Finally, Anna, in a great act of heroism, rescued the narrator from a burning house. 

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