Let's face it, Plan A rarely works out. And Plan B probably won't either. And since nothing (especially with kids) is as easy as 1, 2, 3, obviously Plan C is a load of crap. In our house, we usually have to resort to Plan Z, once all the other plans have failed. Here's a real life example from the other day.
Plan A: Jade: "I'd like to invite some friends over tomorrow."
Plan B: Me: "The weather is supposed to be nice tomorrow, why don't you invite them to the pool?"
Plan C: Jade: "Let me text them and see. 12:30 works. Can we order pizza for lunch?"
Plan D: Me: "If we're having it delivered, we should go to the pool earlier like say noon."
Plan E: Jade: "Can we pick up my friends on the way?"
Plan F: Me: "Ok, we should pick them up at 11:30 so we get to the pool around noon."
Plan G: Sky: "I'm working at the pool at 3 tomorrow, but I can go early. Can I bring a friend?"
Plan H: Me: "Sure, I have room for one more."
Plan I: River: "Can I invite a friend?"
Plan J: Me: "Hmmm....the car is full. Can they meet us there?"
Plan K: River: After he calls said friend, "Oh, he's not available."
Plan L: Me: "Ember do you want to invite friends to meet us at the pool?"
Plan M: Ember: "I called and they're not available."
Plan N: Sky: "Never mind, I'm going to bike to the pool with a friend and we'll meet you around 1."
Plan O: Arrives at pool with River, Ember, Jade and two of her friends at noon. Orders pizza for 8.
Plan P: Friend of River's calls at 1:30. "I can get a ride to the pool now."
Plan Q: Me: "Ok, see you soon."
Plan R: Friend arrives at 2 pm.
Plan S: Sky arrives at 2:20 via bike without a friend.
Plan T: Sky: " My friend might come if he can get a ride home. I'm calling him now to see."
Plan U: Me: "I can't give him a ride home because my car is already full."
Plan V: Jade: "My friends need to be home at 3:30 pm."
Plan W: Me: "Ok. we need to leave at 3:00pm then."
Plan X: Me: "River are you and your friend okay to leave at 3:00?" Nod. I pack everything up.
Plan Y: Jade at 2:50: "My friends got picked up by one of their mom's."
Plan Z: Me with the pool bag & chairs in hand. "Oh? I thought I was driving them home?"
I was wrong, we don't resort to Plan Z, because I'm at Z and I haven't even finished the story yet.
(DISCLAIMER: No children drown or got abandoned at the pool.)
Maybe I'm on Plan Googolplex.