In the chapter, Westover talks of the ingenious decision that her mother made when her father was facing death. Earlier on, her father had promised that he was going to, “build the biggest snowball in the state of Idaho” (Westover 31). The snowball was to be built right after Christmas of 1999 when the snow had reached desirable heights. Westover’s father made the snowball to show his children that he cared about them and that they meant a lot to him. Unfortunately, her father’s health started deteriorating right after Christmas. Her father was thus, unable to fulfil his promise of making the snowball due to his poor health conditions. It is then that Westover’s mother decided for the family to move to their grandparent’s home in Arizona. It was warm there, and the father needed to be “planted in the sun” to recover (Westover 34). The heat of the Arizona desert thus provided the ideal environment that enabled Westover’s father to recuperate from illness.