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 18, 2008

Little Master Mischief.

Today, we took a bus with Tiarnan, twenty-five months. He rather liked this, being immune, from his childish perspective, to all those irritations which adults might have with the mode of transport.

He observed that, to stop the bus, you must push the bell. It is good that he understands this. What was not so good, however, was the use to which he put this knowledge.

At one point, he stood up on the seat and reached up to the bell and pressed it. The "bus stopping" sign duly lit up. He was fully aware of the mischief behind such an action for he then turned towards us and, rather comically, placed his tiny index finger against his lips and went: "Shh!", to us. Quite clearly, he was telling us not to tell anyone what he had done.

Of course, the bus came to a halt - whether or not anyone actually wanted to get out, or get on.

It was funny to see that he was aware of what he should do and should not do - and chose, out of perhaps a sense of curiosity, to do what he should not. He wanted to see the bus stop, at his command. That no-one might want the bus to stop was something he seemed to understand - hence his urging of us not to tell on him.

Though he was clearly being mischievous, he did so in such an endearing way, that all we could was laugh at his antics.

I can see many mischief filled days ahead, with our little Tiarnan.

(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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