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 +

Friday, May 23, 2008

Drama at the restaurant.

Tiarnan is a funny boy: just watching him is a form of entertainment all of its own.

On the 20th May, Tiarnan, twenty-seven months, was sat with his brothers in a malay restaurant. He duly waited with watchful eyes and eager stomach, for the food that would come. (He is little, but a big eater).

In due course, roti pratas (a traditional, circular, fried bread) arrived and were placed in front of his brothers Ainan and Fintan. (For whatever reason they are fond of this unhealthy fare).

Tiarnan looked at the empty table in front of him, then looked across at the full table in front of them, in shock. His hands came out to his sides in dismay. Then he got angry...really angry, his face reddening, the cords on his neck showing. Finally, he put his head down on the table, utterly put out to have been ignored in this way.

His mother was a little concerned to see him so upset, yet there was nothing she could do, for Tiarnan can't eat wheat - it doesn't agree with him. He knows this, of course and has never been allowed to eat roti prata. Ever is it his lot to watch his brothers eat this oddly prized food.

So, there Tiarnan lay, slumped across the table sulking. Suddenly, a pair of mischievous eyes looked sidelong from the top of his arms, to see just who was watching him. At once it was clear: it had all been a performance - Tiarnan was playing with his emotions, to make a point. He had managed to convince everyone that he meant it - until that final moment, when he could no longer resist the temptation to peek.

What a funny boy. Perhaps he should be an actor - for he is certainly showing the core skills and dispositions of one. We will see: right now, he is a most entertaining toddler to have around.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and five months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and ten months, and Tiarnan, twenty-seven months, 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, wunderkind, wonderkind, genio, гений ребенок prodigy, genie, μεγαλοφυία θαύμα παιδιών, bambino, kind, niño, gênio criança, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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