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 02, 2007

Tiarnan hails a taxi

Tiarnan is eleven months old. Just after the fireworks display at Marina, we had walked to an area of the city that was not blocked to traffic, where we could get transport home. We had booked two taxis for our party - but Tiarnan couldn't have known that.

Our first taxi was already there when we arrived and so half our party went away in it. The other half included myself, Tiarnan, Ainan, Fintan and my wife. We dutifully waited by the side of the road, for our taxi.

Tiarnan evaluated the situation and, on seeing many taxis in the road passing us by, in the slothful queues of traffic, he raised his arm, waved at them and called: "Taxi! Taxi!" It was sweet to hear his little voice, piercing the night air. I very much doubt that even the most attentive taxi driver would have heard it, but that he called so, was significant enough: the moment made the waiting all the more tolerable. When ignored by the taxis, he continued to hail them and call out. I have a photo of it but am having trouble uploading it: I may have to buy a new cable, so it could be a couple of days or more before it is uploaded.

Our cab never came - so Tiarnan's action proved a wise one: we had to hail a cab to get home.

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

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