about Milly’s story…

The story about Milly and her band of brothers is semi-true.

The war happened.
Jo Collins did go to Vietnam to hand in a lifetime subscription of Playboy to 1st Lt. Jack Price, commander of the 503rd Infantry Regiment’s “Bravo Bulls”.
And she really thought she was going somewhere in Europe, or so the press said (and her interview that I read in Vietnam).

The young Vietnamese girl did exist.
Her story was more tragic than one could ever know. Only her name was altered because half of her story was borrowed from Christian G Appy’s amazing book, Vietnam.

Nixon resigned around August 1974.
The story could have easily happened a month before that (since it was the summer of 1974 as pointed out in Part I).

And with regards to Starbucks, yes, the giant coffee chain that we know today started off in Seattle and Jerry Baldwin was a teacher, one of three of the company’s founders.
The fact that Starbucks borrowed the giant medal cookies’ recipe or idea is, of course, untrue.

Milly exists. I guess.
In every girl or woman who has an imagination; who loves to explore and learn; who is brave and courageous; who’ll fight for something worth it and good; who’ll be loyal; and who love imaginative stories.

The point of the whole story, as I would have told [my] kids (and teach them) is threefold:

  1. It takes a lot of research (reading a few books, searching the net, thinking, running and coming up with ideas), patience, persistence, passion, and imagination, until you come up with a story or a novel, or a write-up. (and that one wasn’t even good. Let alone if one was to come up with something the size of a Tom Sawyer.)
  2. You don’t need to become a writer if you don’t want to be one. But if you do, and whatever you want to become, it takes 90% hard work. The rest, I’m not sure if it’s sweat or talent. You choose.
  3. The story has a message. Every story has one – whether a real story or imaginative. The best part is, it’s up to [my] kids to find it, decipher it, understand it, accept it (or reject it), and learn from it.


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