What if you walk right into some bad news? I ran into an acquaintance from our old church. We had a wonderful couples class that we attended, but we had fallen out of touch with most of the people (this was before Facebook and other social media.) I asked about some of our favorite people. Tom and Sue were still doing great, renovating their house. Bill and Sally's kids were in high school. What about John and Mary? Is John still working for the car shop?
Well, no, actually John was in prison for playing with the car shop's money.
This news was so surprising and so out-of-character for the John we knew. My first thought was "What happened?" and my second was "How is Mary?" The conversation wasn't about what an awful guy John was, it was about how sad I was to find out about the 10-year prison sentence and how it would affect Mary, who was then having to raise high school-aged children singlehandedly. I didn't tell anyone else (save for my husband, who also knew them), but I did think of them often, and I assume he's finished his sentence by now.
I suppose it was gossip to ask "what happened," but again, it was the last thing I expected to hear about John.