Am I observant or nosy?

I had a bit of a nosy neighbour moment last weekend.

I was having a productive Sunday afternoon napping on the couch when my dog heard the neighbour’s garage door close. It’s not uncommon for us to be able to hear the door slam in my house but the amount it was shutting seemed a bit different.

Thinking nothing of it I attempted to get back to sleep. The door slamming continued and then voices could he heard. Again, not uncommon to hear people next door talking if they are in their yard but this seemed extra loud, considering we weren’t even near an open window.

The people had moved into the house a few months ago and I haven’t had a chance to meet them or even say hi. There is a tall wooden fence between the houses and we have yet to come face to face. I have on occasion heard a young woman with a fluid potty mouth aggressively talk to her young son. I have also heard her thrash what appears to be the baby daddy… with the little child right there.

The extent of the noise made me get up and peer through the blinds in the kitchen and look to the yard next door. There were several people outside. Someone continually going in and out of the garage and slamming the door was yelling about being “homeless now because of that bitch.”

Had it just been two people arguing I wouldn’t have given it much thought. But seeing what I saw, made me stick close by the window in the event things escalated.

Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t standing there recording it all with my phone. A part of me wanted to keep an eye out in the event there was domestic abuse or assault that was part of the melee. Plus, if there was going to be damage or anything happening to my property I wanted to witness it for myself.

So was I being snoopy? Or was I actually being a good neighbour for looking out for everyone’s well being? I’m actually torn on what I should have done in the moment.

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