18 March

Saturday Afternoon, An Insanely Busy Day. Sledding, Art Work, Rock and Crystal Store, Laotion Food, Hair For The Snowman. I Loved Every Minute

by Jon Katz

We have one more morning to spend with  Emma and Robin. Robin ended dinner by asking if Maria and I could come and visit her in New York. I said we would love to if it was possible.

Emma told her about my impending decision to amputate my big toe; she wanted to know more about it. I said I’d let her know what was decided. They leave just after lunch tomorrow, taking the train back to New York City.

We blew paper straws at each other for an hour after dinner. She’s getting quite good at it.

This visit had a lot of firsts for Robin – a snowman, sledding, animal rock sculptures, Laotion food, plus making art with me and with Maria. Robin took a lot of tumbles on her sled down the back pasture; she took it like a champ, like a Willa Cather woman.

I’m posting the photos in separate chunks.

I’m saving all the animal stuff for tomorrow. Some of it was very touching.

I’m losing the ability to think clearly, or stay awake, let alone type. I think Robin has some supernatural power somehow; she simply never tires.

I wasn’t like that when I was 6 or any age. I don’t know how Emma does it with so much humor and grace.

Maria and I admitted to being exhausted, we went to take a 20-minute nap, and I bow to Emma; I forgot what it’s like to have a bright, active, and independent child. And I have one.


Zinnia ran alongside Robin every step of the way. We just never ran out of things she wanted to do, we only ran out of time to do them.



The sheep hardly believed it, it was like going to the movies for them, they watched the whole sledding in bewildered but were fascinated.


Robin had some spectacular falls; she laughed through everyone. I almost got run over by a sled twice. Zinnia went running along with her every time.

She slipped off the sled half the time; she went down smiling.

Robin has the idea of giving the snowman (dissolving in the warmth) some hair taken from fungus and moss growing on the side of trees.


Snowman with hair made mostly of moss. Robin stopped at sideburns.

The two artists spent an hour or so painting together and discussing art. I joined in. I got some valuable instructions. Robin asked me how I became a photographer.



We went out for lunch at a brewery that makes and sells Laotian food, a first for Robin and Emma. Robin wasn’t crazy about it; Emma was.

I invited Maria, Emma, and Robin to a Schuylerville store selling rocks and crystals. Maria bought me a stone, and I bought her one. Robin chose two small animal rock sculptures: a dinosaur and a dog. Emma got some bath soap.

I am exhausted. I’m making a pasta dinner and will pass out or sleep. More photos in the morning. I loved this assignment, a challenge, and a task of love.


  1. Your posts with Robin just made me smile! Thank you for sharing your weekend with your readers! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s pictures!

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