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, March 16, 2008

Interdimensional travel for a toddler.

Perhaps, one day, the title above will seem normal. Perhaps the day will come when travel between different "dimensions" or times, is as everyday as walking down the street to the shops. Now, however, I suppose it could not be a stranger title - so perhaps I should explain.

Yesterday, Tiarnan took a photograph of himself as a baby held in the arms of his mother and threw it on the floor. He then proceeded to jump up and down on it.

This rather surprised his mother, Syahidah, as she saw him jumping on her rather sweet photo of her with him in his baby days.

"What are you doing to the photo, Tiarnan!", she exclaimed, worried that he would destroy it.

"I want to get inside...inside the picture.", he explained, showing her again by jumping up and then down, with obvious intent of entering that pictured world, in his concentrated features.

What a sophisticated thought that was. He wanted to time travel - to enter the world of the picture in which he was a baby, and his mother was perhaps a year and a half younger. He saw the photo not just as an image - but wished to try it out as a possible portal to another time and place.

He stopped jumping. Later when he was asked to show Daddy what he had been doing, he wouldn't. He had, it seemed, gathered that the photo was not what it seemed: it was not a portal to another world, at all - but just a piece of paper. He let it lie on the floor and looked down at it dismissively. I think it had disappointed him.

He hadn't disappointed me, though. It was interesting what imaginative thinking he has about the possibilities of the world. The pity of it is, of course, that the world itself is not, at this time, as imaginative as he is. Perhaps one day, my little boy, will be a Doctor Who...but for now he is a toddler checking out the possibilities of his world. Unfortunately, for his ambition, they don't presently include time travel.

(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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