After over a year, during which we took a break for sanity reasons (mind not his), and four attempts, I am proud to announce that we have a Super Pike in our family.
Some people may credit the many, many trips to the YMCA, the numerous hours spent bolstering his confidence in his ability to just be in the water, my almost super human powers used to overcome extreme hatred/horror of the microbes lurking in public changing rooms, or the gentle coaxing and/or manipulation needed just to get him in the car and off to the next swim lesson. Any combination of those things sounds like a plausible reason for his success and I think they are all a factor, but there is one additional factor that I don’t think should be overlooked. The goldfish cracker.
The reason Carter was able to finally move up from Pike to Super Pike in the grand world of preschool age swim lessons was due to a fluke, pre-swim snack, the goldfish cracker. In a moment of brilliance, or whatever, I made an off handed comment to Carter about how all those goldfish crackers in his belly would help him to float. I told him to imagine all those little cracker fish swimming merrily along in his tummy helping to keep him afloat. He looked at me as if I was crazy and kept eating his beloved crackers. It was shortly after the goldfish cracker comment that his swimming and floating abilities started to dramatically improve. I also noticed that he started asking for a goldfish cracker snack right before we were heading out to the pool.
Coincidence? Maybe, but I am just superstitious enough to keep plying him with his fish shaped crackers every Tuesday and Thursday morning on our drive to the Y.