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, May 18, 2007

Tiarnan's view of himself

A few days ago, after I had just finished reading a new book, about a robot, to Fintan, three, Tiarnan, fifteen months, piped up.

He had been listening to me read and, when I had closed the book and rose to leave the room, Tiarnan looked up at me and said, quite insistently: "I'm a little robot!"

Now, that is half-right - he is little - but not a robot. It was however very sweet. He stood there, peering up at me, towering above him and seemed to be making himself as big and obvious as he could: "I am here, you know!", he seemed to be saying. He had evidently gathered that the story was about a robot - and the robot was being read about and thought about - so what better an identity - in terms of receiving the focus of our attention, at that moment, than being a "little robot!".

Very funny.

(If you would like to read more of Tiarnan, fifteen months, or his gifted brothers, including Ainan Celeste Cawley, seven years and five months, or 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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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 7:23 AM 


Blogger Molok said...

Asimov,Kolosimo,P.Dick..these are the more important fantasy writers that have forged my infancy. They feed the seed of the curiosity and render the mind of the baby elastic! Good day

1:26 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Indeed they are. Imaginative writing does what you might suppose: exercises the imagination. Thanks for the suggestions.

Best wishes

8:42 AM  

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