One of our neighbors is probably in her 80's. Her daughter died on Tuesday, after battling leukemia for two years. The woman had been married for more than 35 years, and her son was born in 1989. He is 16 or 17.
I've never met any of them... and my heart is so sad for all of them. How will I be a neighbor? Even if I knew her, I know myself well enough to know I would be bound up with saying something petty or 'band-aidish'. And now I don't even know her, but I know that I'm her neighbor.
Oh how will I be a neighbor?