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, January 30, 2007

Tiarnan and the time

I have recently posted about Tiarnan's sense of loss on the departure of one who had spent much time with him.

On the first morning after she had left (the 25th January), Tiarnan, who was in my arms, as I walked about the house, pointed at the clock, as I passed the front door and said: "Time", then pointed out the door.

I looked at the clock: it was eight in the morning and understood.

Looking into his distressed face, I knew what he was saying: at this time, every morning, the one no longer here would take him for a walk to a nearby park and playground for two hours. Tiarnan, twelve months exactly, was able to read the clock in the basic way of knowing when it was the right time for a certain activity to occur, even if he couldn't label it. The clock was in the right position for his daily park routine to begin. It distressed him that it had not.

We took him out later, but it was evident who missed her most: the little bundle in my arms.

(If you would like to read more of Tiarnan, twelve months, Fintan, three, or Ainan, seven years and two months, a scientific child prodigy, please go to: I also write of gifted education, child prodigy, child genius, adult genius, baby genius, savant, the creatively gifted, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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