|I have lived in the Charlotte area since I was eight.|
When I was twenty, the local newspaper said
Aleka's Attic was to record in a studio there,
so I went there and waited in line,
suprisingly by myself!
Fearful of freaking out Rio,
I didn't walk up and ask for an autograph, I just
applauded and said,
"Thank you River for reminding me how I should be!"
He approached me and said,
"As long as you are true to yourself and your beliefs,
you are how you should be." We shook hands, smiled,
and then he gave an autograph, without me asking.
I knew I met true greatness that day!
I've met many famous people since then,
but I don't think I will ever meet a person
as authentic and genuine as River.
I mourned the loss of River's spirit
as much as his human shell,
both very beautiful examples of the River!
I will always remember River as an example
of how I and others should be like.
|Jamie Sweitzer - Denver, North Carolina,
September 9, 2004