Michelle Renee Kidwell
13 min readMay 18, 2024


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He called her Baby girl even though she wore hip hugger bell bottoms, fringed vests, and was a freshman. The only person who got away with it was her older brother Vinnie. They were as close as two siblings born five years apart could be, and she looked to Vinnie for guidance.

She missed the talks with her brother. She always talked to him about Vietnam; he told her things, and advised her about what to avoid…