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, February 27, 2007

Ainan's economy with words

Some people talk much and think little; others talk little and think much: Ainan is of the latter breed.

Some of those of you who have followed the Gifted Education Programme saga may have wondered why I wanted a recording of the meeting with the chemists. The reason is two-fold: firstly it would have been an invaluable record of Ainan's thinking at this stage; secondly I knew I wouldn't get to know much about it from him, if I didn't. You see Ainan is quite economical with words and not keen to describe his experiences.

I tried asking Ainan about the meeting.

"So what happened then?"

"We sat down." He said, with a curious finality.

"What did you speak about?"

"We just sat down." There was something about his tone that said this was going to be a short conversation - not rude but, as if he thought it unnecessary to communicate.

"What chemistry did they talk to you about?"

"Much." He leant that word such weight that it was meant to encompass the whole conversation. That was it. He didn't say anything more.

Apparently, he had said a lot in the meeting - however he said nothing about the meeting. Now, perhaps, you understand my insistence on a recording!

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 8:47 AM 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible that his interviewers instructed him not talk about the meeting?

9:46 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

It is possible. I hadn't considered it. However, Ainan is not one to talk too much about things. He only becomes effusive when he has a scientific idea and wants to express it. On most other occasions, he is reticent. I think this quietness is quite common among the more highly gifted.

Thanks for your thought.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you think that is, that the "more highly gifted" tend to be reticent?

- Kathy

1:42 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Two things, Kathy.

One is the more highly gifted tend to be introverted and concerned with their own inner thoughts.

The other thing is that the more gifted ones tend to learn to be quiet because they have had negative experiences with being misunderstood in the past...over time, a quiet watchfulness is likely to develop. That is what happened to me, as a child, anyway.

Perhaps I shall post about it.

5:21 PM  

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