Do you recall a post of mine from last November, in which I had just found out that our homeowner's association president had been arrested for stealing approximately $600,000 from our HOA over the last several years?
Would you care to guess who I ran into at the store tonight?
I haven't laid eyes on this woman in about a year. They still live in our neighborhood, but are rarely out and about. Not too surprising, given the circumstances, but what a difference from even a couple of years ago. This is a woman you'd often see gardening in her yard (which was gorgeous, but not anymore), chatting with neighbors, picking up litter around the pool, planting flowers in the common areas.
She did all of these things at the same time she was dipping into our money.
I was very surprised at my reaction to seeing her and her teenaged daughter tonght. Well, not really my reaction, but the strength of it is what caught me by surprise. I felt just incredibly disgusted mixed with no small amount of pity for her kids. I found myself avoiding aisles they were in, so I wouldn't have to see her.
She really looked terrible, and I'm not saying that to be ugly. She used to be made up and "together" and friendly; tonight, she seemed a shadow of herself. Her daughter looked nervous and sad. When we inevitably crossed paths, she said hello, and I said "Hey" back. We used to stop and chat when meeting under such circumstances. I might not have returned her greeting if she had been alone, but her daughter looked so sad that I couldn't be rude.
I'm still thinking about this encounter and it really makes me feel awful. She has admitted her guilt, from what I last heard, and will certainly go to prison at some point. I still don't know how much, if any, of the money she'll be able to pay back. I'm so mad that she did this, and just want to smack her!
Anyway, weird. Just had to get it off my chest.