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 +

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A toddler on working life in Singapore

Today, we went to the "beach" in Singapore. I say "beach" because Singapore's beaches are deservedly not famous. This one, in fact, was concreted over: an interesting industrial touch that.

Anyway, despite the concrete and stone slab beaches sloping down to the chemical effluent filled waters, our children enjoyed their visit to the seaside. They played in a large sandpit beside the beach that wasn't there. (This was at West Coast Park).

At times the light is rather harsh and so we had taken precautions against the sun. In a bag, there was a set of fabric and poles. We duly set about putting it together. Tiarnan looked on as this strange process unfolded. Pegs were knocked into the ground, fabric was unfolded and spread across poles which were bent. At long last, there stood, beside the sandpit, a tent.

Tiarnan looked at this strange structure. He stared it up and down and finally announced what he thought it was. "Office." he declared.

We burst out laughing. Clearly, Tiarnan surmised that daddy had brought his work place to the beach with him. Hilarious.

Yet, he had reason in his thinking. For it was a small room apart from the rest of the world. Just as my home office is a small room apart from the rest of the world.

Tiarnan's remark was quite the best moment in our trip to the beach. Never for an instant, could I have predicted his reaction to a simple tent. Wonderful.

(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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