In this chapter, Zhen (1931–) describes her early years as a girl born into a peasant family in southwest China. She reflects on her disappointment at not being able to attend school like her two brothers and her hope that her own children, both boys and girls, will have that opportunity. Zhen tells us how she married, the role of the matchmaker, and many traditional peasant customs of the time. Her hope that her first child would be a boy was not realized, but she was encouraged when told that her daughter would be special. The famine of 1958–60 left deep marks upon the family as did Land Reform, and the commune system.