I hooked up with an old friend who was relocating to my city. We'd grown up together. Because of different career paths, my household income is dramatically more than his. We're in the neighborhood of 5-percenters, and he is struggling.
It is uncomfortable at times. We tried to keep it a low profile, discretely picking up the tab, but it just gets weird. We're genuinely excited about our impending holiday trip, and he's struggling to figure out how to afford his bills. What's worse, is sometimes the frustration bleeds out the edges and he gets pissy... and I don't blame him, but I don't blame us for not wanting to be around it or always trying to watch our p's and q's either.
I won't stop being friends with him or anything. This forms a fairly minor part of our interaction, but it does exist. When we were both poor, back when we were 19? Nope. Today, with highly disparate incomes? Yup, and I get it.