|I lived near Micanopy.|
I would see River around town with his friends.
Though I never had the courage to
ask him for his autograph,
there were a few times that our paths crossed,
but nothing was ever said.
I respected his privacy
and never could find the right words.
I miss him so very much.
I miss his talent and his integrity,
and his passion for the causes
that he held dear in his heart.
I miss the hope that I had
that I would see him again sometime and perhaps
get the courage to shake his hand, and most of all
I miss what could have been in the future.
I wanted to grow old with River and his films,
and I wanted to see him get the recognition
that he so rightfully deserved.
I hope he is resting and in a much better place now.
I will cherish his memory always,
and my heart goes out to all those that suffer because of his loss.
God Bless his family and friends,
and his fans as well.
|Julia Toth - Scanton, Pennsylvania,
February 13, 1998