This is Cam. When I first met him, he was sitting alone on a bench. I said “Hi”, he looked up and said hi back, and then invited me to sit down with him and have a chat. I learned that Cam is 62 years old and is alone. He explained that he was married for many years, and unfortunately not able to have children with his wife, despite really wanting to start a family. Although he loved his wife very much, things didn’t work out for their marriage in the end. He spoke of how his wife’s sister took his wife away from him, because “she (the sister) never really liked me.” I didn't get into much further detail about that part of his life because I could sense he was really affected by it. He had not seen or heard from his wife since. I changed the subject. "So what do you do now?" "Well," he replied, “I drink.” Unsure of whether he was trying to make a joke or not, I asked “surely you do more than just drink?” "No, not really. I drink a full bottle, sometimes two, everyday." Shocked and saddened by this reality, I then asked him "Why do you drink so much?". He replied with "because I'm lonely".
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