He told me about his family. Unfortunately, his wife didn’t care to be affectionate with him anymore. It was not an unusual story, and I was happy to fill the void. He had children and grandchildren. We cuddled and caressed. He needed the affection. At the end, he told me that I was a wonderful companion and that he would love to meet again. Nobody had ever called me a wonderful companion. I put a lot of love into my visit with him, and I was touched by his compliment. Despite his age and looks, he was a great client. What I didn’t realize was that he would also be my last.
Hunting and fishing are playful and at the same time adventurous. Gardening is the best of all outdoor activities. It suits al ages and all tastes. Nursing a plant with water, giving it manure, tending its leaves, watching the buds blossom as flowers of various hues, spreading their beautiful fragrance is a delight and treat for the mind, particularly so when it is a product of his own hobby. Watching birds, their flying formations, feeds the mind with various geometrical pictures of art. Star gazing teaches the philosophy that man is a small drop in the mighty ocean of universe.
In June 2014, three strips of Pearls Before Swine (published June 4, June 5, and June 6, 2014) featured guest illustrations by Watterson after cartoonist Stephan Pastis communicated with him via e-mail. Pastis likened this unexpected collaboration to getting "a glimpse of Bigfoot".  "I thought maybe Stephan and I could do this goofy collaboration and then use the result to raise some money for Parkinson's research in honor of Richard Thompson . It seemed like a perfect convergence", Watterson told the Washington Post .  The day that Stephan Pastis returned to his own strip, he paid tribute to Watterson by alluding to the final Calvin and Hobbes strip from December 31, 1995.