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 +

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Fintan the "Prophet" speaks

About two weeks ago, Fintan was playing with a little girl.

After a time, he turned to her and said: "Do you have any brothers?" perhaps because young boys like Fintan, three, generally prefer the company of boys to girls - until they hit their teens of course.

She said no.

He looked at her and nodded in the presence of the girl's mother: "A brother is coming.", he prophesied.

Oddly, that evening, we got a call from England. The wife of one of my brothers had just given birth to a baby boy. Fintan hadn't known of the pregnancy so the timing of his remark and the subsequent birth were an interesting coincidence.

The new boy may not have been a "brother", but he was a boy cousin. That would have to do.

What was most amusing about it is that he made his prophesy with such assurance - and sure enough a new life did begin, though not quite the one required by the letter of his remark. Funny.

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