For the past few nights there has been a man sleeping in his car across the road.
The first day I noticed because the car was parked immediately outside the house and towels or sheets were hung up in the windows. At first I thought it was just full of crap like my car, but then I realised that the towels were makeshift curtains, and there was someone asleep in the passenger seat.
As I was packing bags into my car, I saw a large man get out of the car, do up the button of his jeans (I don't think he was doing anything dodgy, he was just more comfortable sleeping with them undone). He walked around to the drivers side of the car and removed the curtains.
After he started the car, he reached behind him and then carefully put an akubra hat on, adjusted it, and drove away.
That night the car was back again, towels and sheets wedged in the windows. He did not cause any fuss, made no noise, left no rubbish and drove away the next morning.
The last two nights he has been back, but parked around the corner, still in full view of the house. In front of many houses.
I have had so many mixed emotions about this.
My first fleeting reaction was 'that's strange. Don't often see that around here' quickly followed by 'I wonder if he wants a coffee.'
But I haven't offered him a coffee. I have been reluctant to approach him at all. I haven't done anything - for him or against him.
I have one half of my brain telling me that he is homeless or friendless, possibly from the country, maybe he lost his job, a relationship broke down and he has been booted out of the house, maybe his rent was increased too much, maybe he is just waiting for something.
Then the other part of my brain kicks in with the 'don't get involoved', 'you're home alone during the day with small children', there may be a very good reason why he has been kicked out of his house, he may be sick, he may be dangerous, oh my god Not In My Backyard (or front yard, as the case may be).
Get a grip Shannon.
I am concerned that I am actively participating in a world where we can watch people suffer and die and not get involved.
I am not prepared to offer a strange man my spare room. But I do not wish to call the police.
Should I call a local Samaritan agency and tell them where he is. Do I wait for a few more days?
Where does he go during the day? What are all my neighbours thinking?
Am I being reckless if I approach him? Am I being callous if I don't. Do I just mind my own business?
What would you do?