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, January 21, 2007

Tiarnan at the safari

To celebrate Tiarnan's first birthday, yesterday, we had a themed party - as usual. This time the theme was "safari". Tiarnan was dressed as a bird, with feathers all over and bird feet. I came as a tiger - as did Fintan - and Ainan was a cheetah, spots and all. Syahidah was a ladybird - red and black spotted. We were the "animal" family for the day.

Tiarnan was at first a little surprised by the appearance of his family - but soon settled down and enjoyed the party. He had some little friends over - and was delighted with his day.

The most memorable moment was when he sat quietly down looking at his bird costume and his bird feet, his face alive with the comedy of it all, in a big, wondering smile. He seemed to be thinking how funny he looked.

I am presently unable to upload photos but I will try to address this in the coming week.

Thanks to those attended his party, and for your thoughtful gifts (which he has been playing with all day).

(If you would like more tales of Tiarnan, or his gifted brothers, including scientific child prodigy, Ainan Celeste Cawley, seven years and one month, please go to: I also write of education, child prodigy, child genius, adult genius, savant, the creatively gifted, gifted children and gifted adults in general. Thanks.)

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