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 +

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Words of Love on Tiarnan's tongue

Last night, as I was putting my middle son, Fintan Nadym Cawley, 3, to bed, Tiarnan, nine months, spoke, in the semi-darkness of the room: "I love you." he said in words quite clear, though not perfect: they were the first time I had heard him say these words.

In the dimness of the room, those words were as lightning, so sharply did they sound, so suddenly did I see them in my mind. His words were addressed to me, since he was turned towards me. I was touched. So, I moved to pick him up and then he said, his head on my shoulder, what could be nothing else but: "I'm baby Tiarnan."

It was like a little miracle unfolding before me. First he recognizes his love for his father - then he recognizes his place in the world: the baby, Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley, nine months old.

Tiarnan's voice is small and piping, the modulation of sounds quick and subtle - and one has to listen closely to understand him. It is easy to miss his speech if you are not attentive - or expecting it. But, in that darkness, with no light or sound, it was easy to attend to his speech, with nothing going on to drown him out, in a usually ceaselessly noisy environment. Tiarnan's words had stood out clearly against a backdrop of almost nothingness.

I put them both to bed. That night I held in my heart a renewed appreciation of the wonder that children are - and can bring. If you haven't got one, try having one: they bring you a whole new world.

(To read more of Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley, or my scientific child prodigy son, Ainan Celeste Cawley and his gifted brothers, please go to: thanks.)

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 1:24 PM 


Blogger Cher Mere said...

What a wonderful moment!

3:29 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

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11:06 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Yes, Cher Mere, it was. I never knew how much joy there would be in fatherhood, until I became a father. Looking back I know, now, how much I missed in all the years I wasn't one.

Take care

11:08 PM  
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12:17 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you Mamita.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

njWhat a treasure! That memory will last a lifetime. Wonder what Tiarnan will think of this when he is old enough to read.

Houston 2007.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

I rather think he will be touched by his own words and deeds - and that we took the trouble to record them so that he might know, one day, what he was like.

Best wishes

3:35 PM  

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