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, May 13, 2008

My children's reaction to Ainan's news.

Today, Tiarnan, twenty-seven months, saw me present a newspaper to Syahidah for her to look at. He then noted that both myself and my wife were holding newspapers and looked put out. "My newspaper!", he muttered to himself and then went upstairs.

He came down holding a newspaper, the "My Paper" (oddly coincidental considering his description of what he was to get).

He was very excited, stretching up on his toes, and tapping a picture with his left-hand, "Abang is put in there!", he told us. "Abang" means elder brother. Sure enough, on page 2, there was a photo of his elder brother, Ainan, in the Singapore Polytechnic chemistry lab.

He looked at the newspaper with wonder, that his brother should be in it. Thankfully, there was no negative emotion in his reaction - just wonderment.

Fintan, too, is happy to see Ainan in the media. Last night, we played the video of Ainan on for Fintan. After we had finished, he reached towards the computer and set it playing again, using the mouse to skip forward to his favourite part of the video - when Ainan clicked his fingers to an inner rhthym. Fintan was very intent on the screen - and happy for his brother - and seemingly happy for himself.

I am glad there is such togetherness in the household.

(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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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 8:39 PM 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Valentine. I've been reading your blog especially about Ainan. He looked so professional in the video of Strait Times. erm, I was just wondering, is Ainan a muslim? - ida.

4:56 PM  

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