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, September 25, 2007

The strange vocabulary of Tiarnan Cawley

Yesterday, Tiarnan, nineteen months, was fiddling with his elder brother's Chemistry equipment. I watched from nearby lest he do anything untoward. He took the little bottles in his hands and shook them, watching their contents. I wasn't bothered by this because the caps are not easy to remove being "child-proof".

As he played, I heard one unexpected word on his lips: "Cyanide". He had heard it, no doubt, from his elder brother, Ainan, but it was funny to hear a nineteen month old baby utter such a word. The incongruity of it would have made me laugh but I was intent on watching him play, lest he find a way to harm himself - but it is most certainly funny now, to recall.

It is not easy being Ainan, 7, with College level Chemistry to his name (compared to the American system) - perhaps he is going to bring up a little friend, in Tiarnan, to talk to, regarding his central interests.

He has certainly got him off to an early - and amusing start.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged seven years and nine months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and two months, and Tiarnan, nineteen months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, College, University, Chemistry, Science, genetics, left-handedness, precocity, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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