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, March 25, 2008

How to move an immovable object.

After the St. Patrick's Day Parade, on March 16th, Tiarnan, twenty-five months and Ainan were playing a little game at Raffles Place, beneath the UOB tower.

The game was a simple one: they ran from one lampstand to another, and stood within them. I should explain. These lampstands consisted of a metal cage of four vertical bars at the corners of a square base. On top of this framework, there was a covered lamp.

There was some competition between them about who would get to stand within the cage, beneath the lamps, that dot the plaza beneath the UOB tower. Ainan, of course, was naturally faster, so he tended to win this one.

At one point, Ainan managed to get to a lamp cage first and stood within it. Then Tiarnan arrived, having run as fast as he could from their last encounter, but to no avail. He ran over to Ainan and tried to push him from the cage. He didn't budge. He tried running and pushing him. He didn't budge. He leant into him, and pushed with all his might, his face getting red with anger and strain. He didn't budge.

He looked up at Ainan in frustration, determined to get Ainan out of the cage, so that he could step in. Then, suddenly, he ran off to where our bags had been left. He took a bottle of water from one. He ran back to the cage where Ainan stood, opened the bottle, and threw its contents over Ainan, again and again, deluging him.

Ainan shouted and ran out of the cage to escape the watery onslaught. Laughing to himself victoriously, Tiarnan stepped into the cage, revelling in his moment of triumph. As in the biblical tale, David had, once again, defeated Goliath.

Thus, Tiarnan showed us how a two year old can defeat his older brother and move an immovable object.

(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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