|I remember sitting down to watch "Stand By Me"|
on video when I was thirteen years old.
I was entering middle school,
and my best friend was my life.
I felt like Gordie. She was the reckless one,
the one from the rough side of town.
It was spooky, how close that movie paralleled my own life.
Like Gordie, I had experienced profound loss in my family,
and I also wrote stories about my friends,
mainly about my best friend.
River was my hero in so many ways.
His movies always managed to touch some deep part of me.
Whether in "Stand By Me" or in "Running on Empty",
and later on, in "My Own Private Idaho",
when I was 18 years old.
He encompassed all those qualities that are the
trademark of a great and compassionate human.
I miss him terribly.
We will never ever again know another soul like River.
His loss was the biggest our generation will ever know.
He was more than some image.
He was a heart, soul, a voice, and a source of
integrity and compassion for many.
|Jacqueline Mary Briggs - Biloxi, Mississippi,
November 2, 1998