“What happened to you? You looked like you got dragged behind a truck for a couple of miles.”
Maybe he did not look that bad. But I had to wonder what caused him to be late and show up looking tired.
This guy was not ever late.
“I had a power outage and so my alarm did not wake me.”
“I thought you had a back up generator.”
“I will tell you about later.”
Long story short, his marriage of roughly 30 years was in the process of ending. Apparently his wife had decided that she did not love him some years prior. So she decided to clean him out of every red cent he had. His house was in process of being foreclosed on. Every bill you could think of was past due and there where plenty of other bills that he found that he knew nothing about. And he found out that he had no savings.
This was incredibly depressing news for me.
This guy has always struck me as being a decent family man. Unlike so many other men, he does not talk trash about his wife or chase after other woman. He is not profane. He does not party. He did not work ungodly hours. He gave every paycheck he got to his wife so that she could pay the bills and he would ask her for whatever money he needed (That is why she could clean him out so badly without him knowing).
Granted, there is always two sides to every story. In this case though, I think the other side of the story has to do with an addiction that spun out of control and a marriage that never should have happened in the first place. But I don’t know for sure and it is not my place to judge.
It still depresses me though.