She was born at the base of Table Rock Mountain, and my grandfather had to row down the icy Snake River to fetch a midwife. My mother also had rheumatic fever when she was young, which weakened her heart. But that didn't stop her, though it did explain why she suffered two heart attacks later in life.
There were many other interesting details I learned about my mother, however, it came to an abrupt halt when she wrote about the Teton Dam Disaster. Her last sentence was, "The water is coming." Talk about a cliffhanger. I know she died many years after that, but if I were a stranger I would have thought she'd died in the flood. Shortly after that time my mother's heath began to decline, so I understand why she never finished.
Because of my mother's encouragement, I became a writer. I love writing fiction, making up characters, putting them in danger, and saving them. In reading my mother's life story I came to realize how important it is to write my own life story.
How about you? Have you written your life story? It doesn't matter if you're a writer or not. Your story is what's important, and your family will find it priceless.