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 +

Friday, March 16, 2007

Tiarnan completes his nursery rhymes

On the 14th March we were out with Tiarnan, thirteen months, in his stroller.

Tiarnan is a natural tourist and likes nothing better than to see a new vista pass by from the vantage of his snug seat in his stroller. He will peer curiously all around, point and comment. Should anyone be leaving the house, he always makes a great fuss until someone indicates that they are going to take him with them.

Syahidah began a nursery rhyme, which he liked, "Round and round the garden, like a teddy bear, one step..."

"Two steps." he piped up, completing the line. It was a little bit of a surprise since he has never joined in the rhymes before - he has just listened, smiled and laughed.

We tried it again: "Round and round the garden, like a teddy bear, one step..."

"Two steps." he said again, knowing his part and playing his role, with a broad, engaging smile.

I will have to upload a photo of his smile, if I can capture it - for it is so broad it fills his face and bares his teeth endearingly. He has the biggest smile of any of our children. It is the sort of smile that makes strangers want to give him a hug.

We carried on with our walk, and our rhymes, Tiarnan joining in at the appropriate moment. It was a pleasant interlude.

(If you would like to read more of Tiarnan, thirteen months, or his gifted brothers, Ainan Celeste Cawley, seven years and three months, and Fintan, three, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, the creatively gifted, gifted adults and gifted children. Thanks)

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