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, May 04, 2008

How to console a little boy.

On May 2nd 2008, Tiarnan, twenty-seven months, came into the room where I was working at something.

"Where's mummy?" he asked, looking around for her, clearly a little tense.

"Mummy is out." I looked down at him, trying to say, with my eyes, that Daddy was here, so that should be OK.

He wasn't satisfied. "Where's mummy?" He asked, rather more insistently, looking intently at me.

I explained to him where mummy was.

He seemed to have another idea. He looked past me at the wall and pointed at a photograph he saw there: "There's mummy!" He hurried over to the photograph, all tension seeping from him. He stood there, looking up at the photograph, quite content. I was touched. It was enough for him to see a picture of his mummy, to be consoled.

He played quite happily thereafter, until her return, knowing that all he had to do if he missed his mummy was to look up at the wall to see her. Sweet.

(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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