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 +

Monday, July 02, 2007

Tiarnan's taste in food

A week or two ago, when Tiarnan was sixteen months old, his mother asked him a question.

"Do you want green bean soup?", enquired Syahidah of her littlest son.

"Red bean bun.", he replied, clearly.

This was a funny reply for many reasons. Did he really want a red bean bun - or was he making a visual joke? Was he juxtaposing the red, against the green? There were many foods that he could have asked for - but he chose one that had a visual and semantic relationship with the one being asked.

It is notable that neither food was in sight.

(If you would like to read more of Tiarnan, seventeen months, or his gifted brothers, Ainan Celeste Cawley, seven years and seven months, or Fintan, four years and no months, 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 in general. Thanks.)

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