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 +

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The child who wants to grow up.

Yesterday, Tiarnan was asked by a stranger how old he was. He said: "Abang!". This means he is the older brother. Tiarnan is, in fact, the youngest - and only 26 months old.

Later on, I spoke to him about his age, to see his reaction, as he sat on the ground.

"Tiarnan, you are two."

"No!", he shouted.

"Fintan is four."

"No!" he shouted louder.

"Ainan is eight."

"NOOO!", he shouted, loudest of all.

It was quite clear he didn't like to be the youngest. Tiarnan is a little boy who wants to be grown up, already.

We thought it sweet.

(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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