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, November 30, 2007

Preserving the beauty of youth

If you are going to get old gracefully, it helps to start young.

Tiarnan, it seems, has been thinking about the issue and is already taking steps, to ensure his continued youthful good looks.

It was about a month and a half ago, now, when Tiarnan would have been twenty months old.

I noted him sitting down, in front of the tv, with a bottle of something in his hand. He unscrewed the lid, and upended it onto his hand. He struck it a couple of times against his hand. A dollop of cream came out. He considered this for a moment and smeared it onto his left leg and proceeded to rub it in, up and down, massaging the cream - which was, of course, moisturizer - into his leg.

As he did this, he was very earnest indeed, focussed on this necessary task. He proceeded with care, making sure the cream was all massaged into his skin, so that none showed.

I could have intervened at the beginning - but I didn't. The moment was too funny to interrupt. Here was a twenty month old baby, moisturizing his skin. Hilarious.

Perhaps women of the world can learn from his pioneering example: it is never too early to start caring for your skin. At least, Tiarnan seems to think so.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and no months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and five months, and Tiarnan, twenty-two months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, the Irish, the Malays, 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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