Episode 19: At 86, My Grandmother Regrets Two Things

In this exquisitely poetic essay, first published in The Diagram and republished in Creative Nonfiction, Diana Xin takes our listeners back to her grandmother’s rural village where she boils water for drinking and hangs her laundry on the line. “To accumulate so many years and so few regrets: this must be a life well lived,” the writer explains. She takes us through the tragedies of her grandmother’s life, the loss of family as one after one children and grandchildren move away, out into the world, into what seems like prosperity. But the writer is torn between the bounty of her grandmother’s world and her own, more modern accommodations in Seattle. Come listen, get swept into Diana Xin’s textural world.