I don't get this FBOFW at all. So Jim is dying, maybe, yet we're focusing on Elly's neighbor Connie?
And how in the world would Elly envy a single mom her "freedom"? Sounds like a single mom would be lucky to have a free moment. Raise your hand if you suspect Lynn Johnston, in the throes of her husband leaving her for another woman, is thinking to herself that life without a man suddenly doesn't sound that bad, and putting those thoughts into Elly's head.
Also, Connie looks like a cross between the Church Lady and John in drag in panel three.