|It wasn't until a few years ago
I found out who River was,
but the first time I saw any of your work
was when I was four, boys still had cooties,
but when I saw you in Stand By Me,
I told my mom I wanted to marry you.
When I found out that you weren't Chris Chambers
that it was just a character,
I researched to try to find out
what kind of person you were.
Since then I have become a vegan,
my family and friends hate it because
now they feel guilty
when they eat meat around me.
I have rescued many animals from shelters
that are not "no-kill" shelters.
Anyway, I just wanted to say the world
suffered a tragic loss when we lost you,
I always think of how much good
you may have accomplished,
but it's up to us to let your work continue.
You changed my life and I know
you have made an impact with the world.
Thank you for everything you have done.
|Kelley Menendez - New York,
January 17, 2006