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 +

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Tiarnan shows his athleticism

On August 31st, Syahidah took Tiarnan to the playground. Like many nineteen month old kids, he rather likes this.

Tiarnan climbed up the stairs to the "castle" as I like to call it: the set of play features that are embedded in the ground of every playground in the world, that I have ever seen, (in one form or another). This particular one included a slide, which could be reached by quite a number of steps, up from the rest of the "castle".

Tiarnan duly climbed up each and every step until he got to the top of the slide - and then he launched himself into the air and slid all the way down. He thought this was great and as soon as his feet touched the ground he was up and running and back clambering up the stairs to make his way back up to the top of the slide again. Once there, again, he launched himself into the air - and so on.

Syahidah watched him do this with growing amazement, for what seemed at first an everyday matter, became ever more remarkable as Tiarnan's non-stop run-climb-slide-run-climb-slide...just went on and on.

He must have done this over twenty times - which is one hell of a lot of steps and considerable running - before she decided that it was time to go. Tiarnan, though, was yet abuzz with energy.

It was in seeing him do this that Syahidah came to realize quite just how much stamina is hidden away inside Tiarnan's little body.

Sometimes, it seems, athletes come in small packages.

(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, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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