Yesterday afternoon, my neighbor of 20 years informed me that he would be moving away within the next couple of hours. This is an elderly gentleman who has aged a great deal in the last few years and has had a number of serious physical ailments. He is very hunched over and has a lot of difficulty getting around now, even with a walker. He lost his wife earlier this year. (He began tearing up when he mentioned her name.) Seems that he has been having financial difficulties and, in desperation, entered into a deal with a professional home equity buyer that got him some badly needed cash. I never knew about any of this. For the last ten years or so, this gentleman has had younger in-laws living with him in his home. I figured it was a family situation, and that they were looking out for him, but apparently that was not the case. It seems that he's been "helping" them financially, and now that the ride's over and he needs help, they're nowhere in sight. Apparently an old high school buddy has offered this gentleman a place to live in a secluded cabin near their home. Everything was packed up, along with his beloved dog and cat, and he was gone by early evening. I stayed awake last night thinking about the first night alone in this cabin. I wondered, "What happens when this high school buddy (who is also elderly) dies and the younger family members no longer want him there?" I have felt absolutely sick today about all this. It's one thing to weather hard times when you're young and healthy, but I can't imagine how it must be to lose everything when you're unable to do things for yourself and feel entirely alone. What's more, I realize that 've been living within a stone's throw of somebody that really needed help, and I was too busy and preoccupied with my own life to figure it out.