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, March 13, 2007

Fintan, the natural actor

Fintan, three, likes to dress up. He is our local "super-hero". Sometimes he is a Power Ranger, sometimes he is Superman, which is his favourite.

A couple of months ago, he was dressed as Superman, in our locality. We had just been shopping and were walking across the playground. There were many parents, maids and children there. Little children remarked on the advent of Superman. The adults, though, were funny: several of them cried out - "Superman! Hello!" or a variant. What impressed me was Fintan's reaction. He just gave a little nod to acknowledge them, as if it were his due, to be so called.

I understood then, that Fintan was very much an inhabitant of the role, as any good - or natural - actor should be. In donning the cape and elastic clothing of our superhuman hero, he had also adopted the belief that in some way he was Superman.

The nod was so natural, that he gave in acceptance of their comment, so appropriate, that all thought of laughter was stilled in me. Imagination like that requires respect - and is so often lost as a child proceeds through childhood into adolescence.

I hope Fintan, three, retains this imaginative quality - and makes use of it in an interesting manner.

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