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, March 31, 2007

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Fintanism

Yesterday, Fintan, three, met his aunt Hanisah.

She began with the usual greetings and then, on a random whim, she said to him:

"You are a teenage mutant ninja turtle, Fintan!"

I don't know her reasons for saying this, but it probably because Fintan likes imaginative play.

Unexpectedly, he was a little put out by this.

"I am not a teenage mutant ninja turtle," he began, sharply, "I go to school, you know!"

Here was Fintan-logic at work, splendidly. Since he had never seen the teenage mutant ninja turtles go to school, in the cartoons, he correctly surmised that they didn't go to school. Therefore, since he went to school, he couldn't be a teenage mutant ninja turtle. It was a wonderful moment of a child's perfect but amusingly applied logic. Here was Fintan's disproof of his turtle-dom.

Hanisah, however, decided to continue the game.

"The teenage mutant ninja turtles do go to school, you know." She said, reassuringly.

"Really?", Fintan brightened, at once, "Which one?" He quizzed, at once most alert, for this highly anticipated answer.

This latter question was half-way to asking "Can I go there too?"


(If you would like to read more of Fintan, three, or his gifted brothers, Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged seven years and four months, or Tiarnan, fourteen months, please go to:
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