|Oh River, although I never knew you, I loved you.|
When I was a little girl,
your image was the first to grace my wall.
You embodied grace, sensitivity, kindness,
talent yet unmatched and so many beautiful ideals
that sadly still go undervalued.
I pray that your family has peace in their hearts
despite such an immeasurable loss,
and you will remain in my heart always.
|Valery Vandergriff - Knoxville, Tennessee,
August 23, 2004