THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
We moved from one side of town to the other side. We don't make it back to the old neighborhood very often, but last week we were there for a birthday party. I noticed one of the homes next door to our old home had been completely remodeled. I asked about it and found out the older gentleman who lived there had passed away. His wife sold the home and moved to an apartment. I feel absolutely awful that I didn't know this happened almost a year ago. I shared a property line, but I feel like I shared so much more than that. He was like a grandfather to my kids and like a father figure to me. I'm very sad that nobody told us this happened. I feel like I need to reach out to his wife. We didn't know her as well, but I think I would feel better letting her know that we didn't know he passed away. My wife said I should leave her alone because we didn't really know her and it's been too long. That doesn't sit well with me. What are your thoughts? Is it too late for me to reach out to her to pass along my condolences?
Signed – SadFormerNeighbor
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