Controversial lawn decoration ignites battle within neighborhood
Recently I (35F), my husband (34M), and my daughter (6F) started to walk because of coronavirus. We’ve been doing the same route everyday. It is about 2 miles and there aren’t a lot of cars, so it is a really good route.
Recently one of our neighbors put up a frog statuette up for display outside their house. I find it really creepy and so does my husband. My daughter hates it. She is absolutely terrified of it. Now She refuses to go on walks.
Earlier today I went to the house to ask them to move the statuette so it is no longer on display. I knocked on the door and a middle aged man, maybe 55, opened the door. I told him the situation. He seemed sympathetic, but he said that he and his wife really like the display, so they won’t be taking down that statuette.
After that I talked to my next door neighbor. He is the vice president of the HOA so I was wondering if he could force them to take the statuette down. He said that the statuette might be a violation of the HOA bylaws. He went to look at it and sure enough it is. Now they’re being forced to take down the statuette and are being fined for violating the bylaws.
My husband says that I took it too far. I see it differently. The statuette is destroying the aesthetics of the neighborhood and is scaring the children. AITA?
TLDR: I got the HOA to take down my neighbors statuette which was scaring my child.
edit: A lot of people wanted to see a picture of the frog so here is a link.