Apparently, playing "house" has changed with the times. With blended families being so common, they've even made it into the neighborhood play time. We are not a blended family, by the way, just your garden variety, Mom and Dad, married forever, with two sons. I can't be sure about the rest of the neighborhood. Really, I don't ask their playmates parents, "Are you married to so-and-so's father, and if not, are there any step/half-siblings?"
I get my best information by watching the "game", and listening: Peanut played Dad, only he was a single father with a teenage daughter, Nice Girl. Pretty Girl was Mom, also single, with a little boy, Pumpkin. Nice Girl orchestrated the whole thing, including a scene to get her "Dad" to ask out the "Mom" on a date. All while pretending the that real Mom (me) isn't out there watching the whole thing.
I give them as much "privacy" as I can, all while still supervising the little guy ... so I'm still privy to the game even though I try to blend in, pretend to be writing ... oh wait, that's exactly what I'm doing.
The faked accident to get Pretty Girl's attention was a hoot (they're out on their scooters, just coasting along). Peanut is no actor, and also totally embarassed to be courting a lady right in front of his mother. I keep seeing his mouth saying "stop looking at me", while Nice Girl is really getting into character as a teenager telling her Dad how to get a date.
Too bad it's lunchtime, I was hoping for a wedding. But then again, they'd probably move in together first, anyway.