The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The youngest science author

Every child comes to reading and writing sooner or later. Ainan Celeste Cawley, 6, however, did it sooner than most.

The first signs of his reading ability began when he was eight months old. We had made no effort to teach him, but somehow he had identified letters of the alphabet, on his own.

That is not what this post is about however, for it is not reading but writing that concerns me. Ainan is a singular child in that he prefers to write, over read. Though few in years, he has written more books than he is old. They are short books, admittedly, fashioned of folded A4 paper, and scribed in pencil, but little books they are. Their subjects are very "Ainan", to make his name an adjective: Chemistry, Physics, and the like. They are all, however, his own words, thoughts and doing. No-one helps him. They are the spontaneous result of his own mind.

One day, perhaps, he will write books that others will read. I wonder what those readers would think if they knew his first books were written when he was five years old?

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 1:25 AM 


Anonymous LittleCaliph said...

You are very, very lucky to have genius children. Is he a member of MENSA?

5:42 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Yes. However, I think anyone who has a child is lucky: it is a beautiful experience being a father or mother - and a great responsibility to nurture and cherish the child.

Presently, he is not a member of MENSA. He has been invited to meet with them - but we have yet to do so. Our first communication with them didn't go well - as you will see in another post, since the person answering the phone was very rude. That rather put us off. Others at MENSA have since been nicer. We will think about it.

Best wishes to you.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Upon remarking to a friend who was a MENSA member, that I might want to join, he said, "I have been to a few meetings and if I could actual meet the people who don't come to the meetings, then I think it would be worthwhile."

7:17 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Hi Bonnie,

That is both funny and sad. As for Ainan, he would have joined Mensa long ago, but the person who answered the phone when we called was shockingly rude and very dismissive. I don't know what her problem was...

Tell your friend that many interesting people probably never join Mensa in the first place.

7:25 AM  

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