I remembered the Russian Animated Film Festival we attended with Zack a few months back. Yury had curated the series at Towson where he and my husband teach. Zack had been particularly struck by a strange 1975 short directed by a Russian named Yuri Norstein. As I crawled through the snow-obscured streets of East Baltimore in third gear, I thought about that cartoon, in which this round, guileless little Hedgehog embarks on his weekly walk through the woods to meet his friend, Bear, so that they can sit by the campfire and count the stars together. But the night is foggy, spooky, and as Hedgehog approaches a valley filled with dense mist, he thinks he spies a white horse below. There is very little dialogue in the film, but I remember it because it was provocative—and oddly translated. Hedgehog, upon seeing the white horse in the mist, says something like, "Interesting, if a horse will go to sleep, will she sink into a fog?" and he goes down the hill into the fog to try and answer his question, to see. Immersed in the fog, the Hedgehog is full of wonderment, confusion, and also fear as he hears strange sounds and spies strange creatures—not just the mysterious white horse, but an elephant, a giant snail, a bat, an owl, ghostly moths. He begins to run away, tripping through the unnatural night until he falls into a river. He struggles a bit in the water, but then achieves a kind of Zen, floating on his back with the current. "I am in the river, let the river carry me," he thinks, gazing at the stars as he drifts along. At the end of the 10-minute film, Hedgehog has found his friend Bear who is talking and talking, the narrator tells us, but Hedgehog is quietly thinking: good to be together again. The tale ends in this vivid moment where Hedgehog and Bear gaze up at the starry night with Hedgehog still thinking in wonderment about the unicorn-like horse and asking, "How is she there? In a fog?"