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, February 27, 2008

Excited at seeing mummy.

There is something very endearing which Tiarnan, twenty-five months, does. Whenever he sees his mummy, he rushes up to her, often saying excitedly: "Mummy, mummy, mummy!" He is virtually jumping up and down.

I find this touching. It is sweet that the simple sight of his mother, on rising in the morning, or on returning from an outing, can provoke such excitement in him. He is, perhaps, the most emotional of our children (though they all, of course, have their feelings, deep and true).

Tiarnan's mummy is the centre of his world, in a very real way.

One day I entered his room and he rushed over to me with: "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!"

I felt touched at his attitude of eagerness and obvious welcome.

Then he let drop his toddler sized bombshell: "I want mummy!"

It was funny. Mummy is always on his mind.

He is right, however. His mother should always be on his mind. I can think of no-one better to be in his thoughts, than her.

All I can say, is that he has good taste as to an idol to worship. After all, his choice is the same one I made long ago. It was a good one then - and it is a good one now - for Tiarnan and his daddy.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and one month, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and seven months, and Tiarnan, two years exactly, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, the Irish, the Malays, Singapore, 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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