This book is a testament of a very old woman constantly made aware that who she is and who she is becoming as part of an on-going story.
Her life has grown out of the lives of her ancestors and flows into the lives of her descendants, yet much of this story is unknown even to her children. Evidence of family history going back to 1798 existed; documents were scattered and deteriorating. They are now drawn together.
But memory can deceive; references from experts are used to demonstrate that memory is both unreliable and reliable. Luck shapes any life; quotations from other sources counteract any suggestion that her fortunate life was the result of her own actions.
Born in 1933, she has had experiences that could only have been dreams for her parents and for many of her contemporaries, personal experiences set against a background of historical events. Slowly, patterns emerge in her story intermingling with patterns emerging from the lives of her ancestors.